Name:Gardner Edward Dickinson Jr.
Lived:[1927-1998]. Born on Sept 14, 1927 in Dothan, Alabama. Died on April 19, 1998 in Tequesta, Florida (aged 70).
Occupation:Professional golfer, club pro, instructor, writer and course designer.
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.
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”.
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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.]
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].
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].
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].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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