Name:Henry Gilford Picard
Also known as:Pic
Lived:[1907-1997]. Born on Nov 28, 1906 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Died on April 30, 1997 in Charleston, South Carolina, aged 90.
Original/Home Club:Plymouth CC, MA.
Occupation:Professional golfer, golf instructor and farmer.
MAJORS (2): The Masters (1938); US PGA Champion (1939). Ryder Cup player (1935, '37). Total professional wins (35), including PGA Tour (26). US PGA leading money winner (1939).
Like several of his contemparies, Picard (pronounced "pea-card", but often said by his fellow professionals "pick-erd", or frequently abbreviated to just "Pic"), started out in the game as a caddie. He progressed to become a leading player on the U.S. PGA circuit, notching up 26 wins on the tour including two major championships.
Picard retired from his days as a touring professional at the age of 36. He settled down to run his farm near Charleston in South Carolina, while also teaching the game at a series of prestigious private golf clubs. During his long and illustrious career, Picard held the position of club professional at the CC of Harrisburg (PA), Canterbury GC (OH), Seminole GC (FL), CC of Charleston (SC), Hershey CC (PA) and Twin Hills G&CC (OK).
Played as the Miami Open (Dec 6-9). Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 5 shots behind Henry Picard (USA), who shot a final round 7-under-par 63 to record the last of his 26 PGA Tour wins. [Miami Springs G&CC, Miami, FL; at the time known as Miami Springs Municipal Course].
Played as the New Orleans Open (Feb 14-16). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Henry Picard (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans, LA. Played on what was known as City Park's No.1 (East) course; now part of the South course).
PGA of America
Picard (USA) was the PGA Tour 1939 leading money winner, with earnings of $10,300 on the Tour.
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (22nd) (July 9-15). Picard (USA) beat Byron Nelson (USA) 1-up after 37 holes in the final. Picard recorded birdies at the 36th and 37th holes to seal the match. [Pomonok CC, Queens, NYC, NY. The course ceased to exist in 1949].
Played as the New Orleans Open (Feb 16-19). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 5 shots behind Henry Picard (USA). [Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans, LA. Played on what was known as City Park's No.1 (East) course; now part of the South course).
Played as the Metropolitan Open (May 25-29). After the regulation 72 holes, Henry Picard (USA), Paul Runyan (USA) and Vic Ghezzi (USA) were tied at 283. In a Sunday afternoon 18-hole playoff, Picard and Runyan had 70s; Ghezzi was eliminated with 77. In the subsequent Monday 18-hole playoff, Picard (2-under 69) beat Runyan (71), who was playing on his home course. [Metropolis CC, White Plains, NY].
Played as the inaugural Anthracite Open (June 23-25). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 6 shots behind Henry Picard (USA). [Scranton CC, Scranton, Pennsylvania].
Played as the Thomasville Open (Feb 25/26). Second-placed Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 1 shot behind Henry Picard (USA). [Glen Arven CC, Thomasville, Georgia].
The Masters Tournament (5th) (April 2-4; played as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament). Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) and Harry Cooper (USA) finished 2 shots behind Picard (USA). A front-nine of 32 in the closing round set Picard on his way to the first of his two major championship victories. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the Hershey Open (Sept 2-5). Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion and resident home professional Henry Picard (USA). [West Course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
Played as the Tournament of the Gardens (April 7-10). Second-placed Jimmy Thomson (Scot/USA) finished 1 shots behind Henry Picard (USA), who recorded his third straight win in this event. [CC of Charleston, Charleston, SC].
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Second-placed Tomas Genta (Arg) and Eugenio Dunezat (Arg) finished 2 shots behind Picard (USA). [San Andres GC, Buenos Aires].
Played as the Tournament of the Gardens (March 18-21). Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) finished 7 shots behind defending champion Henry Picard (USA). [CC of Charleston, Charleston, SC].
Played as the North & South Open (March 24-28). Henry Picard (USA) beat Ray Mangrum (USA) in an 18-hole Saturday playoff (Smith 72, Mangrum 77), to win this event for the second time in three years. [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina].
Played as the Hershey Open (Sept 3-6). Second-placed Jimmy Thomson (USA) finished 1 shot behind resident home professional Henry Picard (USA), who equalled his own course record of 6-under par 67 in the final round. [West Course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
Played as the Charleston Open (March 20-23). Second-placed Johnny Revolta (USA) finished 2 shots behind Henry Picard (USA). [CC of Charleston, Charleston, SC].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (May 23-25). Second-placed Sid Brews (S Africa) finished 4 shots behind Henry Picard (USA). [Fresh Meadow CC, Lake Success, Long Island, NY; at the time known as Lakeville G&CC. In 1946 the defunct Lakeville G&CC was taken over by and renamed as the Fresh Meadow GC, which needed to move from its original location in Flushing, L.I.].
Played as the Agua Caliente Open (Feb 7-10; next played in 1956). Second-placed "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA) and Willie Goggin (USA) finished 2 shots behind Henry Picard (USA). [CS&DC de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; at the time called Agua Caliente CC].
Played as the North & South Open (March 28-30). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA), "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA) and George Dunlap (USA, amateur) finished 3 shots behind 27-year-old Henry Picard (USA), who recorded his first significant win on the professional circuit. [No.2 Course (par-71), Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina].
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