Who's who: Gardner Dickinson

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Who's who: Gardner Dickinson

  • Name:

    Gardner Edward Dickinson Jr.
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1927-1998]. Born on Sept 14, 1927 in Dothan, Alabama. Died on April 19, 1998 in Tequesta, Florida (aged 70).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, club pro, instructor, writer and course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1952

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1967, '71). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (7) and several other professional wins, especially in Florida, in the 1950s and 60s.

Did you know?

After a successful PGA Tour career, during which he recorded seven victories, Dickinson became one of the founders of the Senior PGA Tour. His wife, Judy Clark, was a four-time LPGA Tour winner, who became President of the LPGA Tour.

Dickinson is known for the quote, “they say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that”.

Top tournaments won by Gardner Dickinson

1978
America
Onion Creek
193 (-17)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

193 (-17)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

The inaugural Legends of Golf tournament (unofficial two-man better-ball team event, which effectively launched the US Seniors' Tour). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) & Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Sam Snead (USA) & Gardner Dickinson (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1971
America
Atlanta CC
275 (-13)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Venue

Atlanta CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlanta Classic (June 3-6). Gardner Dickinson (USA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 15-18). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Gardner Dickinson (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Doral Open (March 7-10). Second-placed Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 1 shot behind Gardner Dickinson (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

1967
America
Aurora CC
271 (-9)
$20,700
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Venue

Aurora CC

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$20,700

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Cleveland Open (June 22-25). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Homero Blancas (USA) finished 4 shots behind Gardner Dickinson (USA). [Aurora CC, Aurora, nr Cleveland, OH].

1965
America
281 (-7)
$3,600
Haig Scotch

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$3,600

Title sponsor

Haig Scotch

Played as the Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed team of Raymond Floyd (USA) & Carol Mann (USA) finished 1 shot behind winners Gardner Dickinson (USA) & Ruth Jessen (USA). [La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif.]

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Coral Gables Open (Dec 6-9). Second-placed Bill Collins (USA) and Don Fairfield (USA) finished 1 shot behind Gardner Dickinson (USA). [The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, FL].

1957
America
Wethersfield CC
272 (-12)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open (Aug 30-Sept 2). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Gardner Dickinson (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. Monday Labour Day finish. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Dickinson, Gardner

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Beach Open (March 22-25). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Billy Maxwell (USA) finished 1 shot behind 28-year-old Gardner Dickinson Jr (USA), who recorded the first of his seven PGA Tour wins. [Miami Beach GC, Miami Beach, FL; at the time known as Bayshore GC].

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