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].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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