Name:Richard Bernice "Pete" Cooper
Lived:[1914-1993]. Born on Dec 31, 1914 in Gainesville, Georgia. Died on Oct 8, 1993 (aged 78).
Occupation:Professional golfer, club pro and course designer.
Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (5), and numerous other professional wins, especially in the Florida Open (8), in the 1940s and 50s.
Cooper was aged 61 when won the 1976 Senior PGA Championship, at the time the only significant championship for golfers aged over-50. The Senior PGA Tour was launched four years later in 1980, and from then on this event was counted as one of the Tour's major championships.
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Fred Wampler (USA) finished 5 shots behind Pete Cooper (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL].
Played as the Panama Open. Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
Played as the Jamaica Open (Caribbean tour event). Won by Pete Cooper (USA).
Played as the inaugural Maracaibo Open (Caribbean tour event). Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [Maracaibo CC, Maracaibo, Venezuela].
Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [CC of Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia].
Played as the Puerto Rico Open (Feb 12-15; part of a four-event Caribbean tour). Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 5 shots behind Pete Cooper (USA). [Berwind CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico].
Played as the Panama Open. Won by Pete Cooper (USA) for the second time in three years. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
Played as the Virginia Beach Open (June 10-13). Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 1 shot behind 39-year-old Pete Cooper (USA). [Cavalier Y&CC, Virginia Beach, Virginia; now called Cavalier G&YC].
Played as the Orlando Mixed Foursome. Winning team : Patty Berg & Pete Cooper. Second-placed team : Grace Smith & George Bolestra.
Played as the Metropolitan Open. (Sept 22-24; Metropolitan Golf Assoc event). Second-placed Pat Cici (USA) finished 4 shots behind Pete Cooper (USA), who went one better than his second place finish the previous year. [Rockville Links Club, Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY].
Women’s major championships: the month of June sees two women’s majors: the US Women’s Open (June 3-6), with A Lim Kim defending, and the Women’s PGA Championship (June 24-27), with Sei Young Kim defending.
Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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.
American Dunes opens for play following Nicklaus transformation
Nicklaus Design has transformed the former Grand Haven Golf Club in Michigan into the American Dunes Golf Club, a new public course that is now open for play
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