Who's who: Dave Hill

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Who's who: Dave Hill

  • Name:

    James David "Dave" Hill
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1937-2011]. Born on May 20, 1937 in Jackson, Michigan. Died on Sept 27, 2011 in Jackson, Michigan (aged 74).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1958

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1969, '73, '77). Total professional wins (25), including PGA Tour wins (13) and Senior PGA Tour wins (6).

Did you know?

Dave Hill is the older brother of three-time PGA Tour winner and 18-time Senior PGA Tour winner Mike Hill (b.1939).

Top tournaments won by Dave Hill

1989
America
Rancho Murieta
207 (-11)
$52,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Rancho Murieta

Score

207 (-11)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

x

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].

1989
America
Chester Valley
206 (-4)
$60,000
Bell Atlantic

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Chester Valley

Score

206 (-4)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Bell Atlantic

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].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

MONY

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].

1988
America
Lafayette CC, NY
200 (-16)
$37,500
MONY

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Lafayette CC, NY

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

MONY

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].

1988
America
206 (-10)
$45,000
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber Invitational. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1988
America
186 (-30)
$250,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

186 (-30)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

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].].

1987
America
Suntree CC, FL
202 (-14)
$30,000
Fairfield Barnett

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Suntree CC, FL

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Fairfield Barnett

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].

1976
America
Tuckaway CC
270 (-18)
$26,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Tuckaway CC

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

x

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.].

1975
America
270 (-14)
$27,000
Sahara Hotel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$27,000

Title sponsor

Sahara Hotel

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].

1974
America
Quail Valley, TX
276 (-12)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Quail Valley, TX

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1973
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
283 (-5)
$35,000
Danny Thomas

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

Danny Thomas

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].

1972
America
Pensacola CC
271 (-13)
$30,000
Monsanto

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Monsanto

Played as the Monsanto Open (April 13-16). Second-placed Jerry Heard (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hill (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

1970
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
267 (-13)
$30,000
Danny Thomas

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Danny Thomas

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].

1969
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
265 (-15)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1969
America
Warwick Hills
277 (-11)
$25,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Buick

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].

1969
Awards
70.34
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Score

70.34

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Hill (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1969
America
Whitemarsh Valley
279 (-9)
$30,000
IVB

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Whitemarsh Valley

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

IVB

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].

1967
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
272 (-8)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1963
America
277 (-11)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

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].

1961
America
269 (-11)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hill, Dave

Score

269 (-11)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

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].

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