Name:James David "Dave" Hill
Lived:[1937-2011]. Born on May 20, 1937 in Jackson, Michigan. Died on Sept 27, 2011 in Jackson, Michigan (aged 74).
Played as the Rancho Murieta Senior Gold Rush. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA), who recorded the last of his six US Snr Tr wins. [Rancho Murieta CC, nr Sacramento, California].
Played as the Bell Atlantic/St Christopher's Classic. Hill (USA) beat Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].
Played as the MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 14-17; Senior PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Al Geiberger (USA) finished 1 shot behind Dave Hill (USA), who recorded his second win on the Tour. Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
Played as the MONY Syracuse Senior Classic. Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) and Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hill (USA). [Lafayette CC, Onondaga, Syracuse, NY; this course shut down in 2013].
Played as the PaineWebber Invitational. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].
Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 16-18; unofficial 54-hole better-ball team event; the 12 teams each comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) & Ch Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 4 shots behind Colleen Walker (USA) & Dave Hill (USA). [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].
Played as the Fairfield Barnett Senior Classic. Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) and Al Geiberger (USA) finished 5 shots behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Hill (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].
Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open (July 1-4). Second-placed John Jacobs (USA) finished 3 shots behind Dave Hill (USA), who recorded the last of his 13 PGA Tour wins. [Tuckaway CC, Franklin, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
Played as the Sahara Invitational (Sept 25-28). 38-year-old Dave Hill (USA) beat Rik Massengale (USA) with an eight-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Las Vegas National GC, Las Vegas, NV; at the time known as Sahara-Nevada CC; originally the Stardust CC].
Played as the Houston Open (May 9-12). Second-placed Rod Curl (USA), Steve Melnyk (USA) and Andy North (USA) finished 1 shot behind Dave Hill (USA). [Quail Valley CC, Missouri City, nr Houston, TX].
Played as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (May 17-20). Second-placed Allen Miller (USA) and defending champion Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA), who won this event for the fourth time in seven years. [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].
Played as the Monsanto Open (April 13-16). Second-placed Jerry Heard (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].
Played as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (May 28-31). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA), Homero Blancas (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Hill (USA), who recorded the third of his four wins in this event. [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].
Played as the Memphis Open Invitational (May 29-Jun 1). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hill (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].
Played as the Buick Open Invitational (July 3-6; last time as a full PGA Tour event until 1977). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) finished 2 shots behind Dave Hill (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
PGA of America
Hill (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
Played as the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic (July 17-20; first year of sponsorship by IVB, Industrial Valley Bank). Dave Hill (USA) beat R.H. "Dick" Sikes (USA), Gay Brewer (USA) and Tommy Jacobs (USA) with an 11-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].
Played as the Memphis Open Invitational (June 1-4). Second-placed Johnny Pott (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hill (USA), who recorded the first of his four wins in this event. [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].
Played as the Hot Springs Open (July 11-14). Dave Hill (USA) beat Mike Souchak (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Arlington course, Hot Springs CC, Hot Springs, AR].
Played as the Home of the Sun Open (Feb 16-19). 23-year-old Dave Hill (USA) beat Tommy Bolt (USA) and Bud Sullivan (USA) with a 27-foot birdie-putt at the third playoff hole, to record his first PGA Tour win. This was the tournament's first sudden-death playoff; in 1957 there had been an 18-hole playoff. [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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