Who's who: Pete Cooper

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  • Cooper, Pete
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Who's who: Pete Cooper

  • Name:

    Richard Bernice "Pete" Cooper
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1914-1993]. Born on Dec 31, 1914 in Gainesville, Georgia. Died on Oct 8, 1993 (aged 78).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

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

    1938

Roll of Honour

Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (5), and numerous other professional wins, especially in the Florida Open (8), in the 1940s and 50s.

Did you know?

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.

Top tournaments won by Pete Cooper

1976
America
283 (-5)
$7,500
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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].

1961
America
Panama GC
273 (-15)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Panama GC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

1960
America
283
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Score

283

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jamaica Open (Caribbean tour event). Won by Pete Cooper (USA).

1960
America
Maracaibo CC
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Maracaibo CC

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Maracaibo Open (Caribbean tour event). Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [Maracaibo CC, Maracaibo, Venezuela].

1959
America
Cali CC
283
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Cali CC

Score

283

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by Pete Cooper (USA). [CC of Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia].

1959
America
282 (-6)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Berwind

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1959
America
Panama GC
274 (-14)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Panama GC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by Pete Cooper (USA) for the second time in three years. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

1954
America
Cavalier Y&CC
263 (-13)
$2,400
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Cavalier Y&CC

Score

263 (-13)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

x

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].

1954
Team Events
4 & 3
x

Category

Team Events

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orlando Mixed Foursome. Winning team : Patty Berg & Pete Cooper. Second-placed team : Grace Smith & George Bolestra.

1953
America
Rockville Links
284 (-4)
$1,000
Metropolitan GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cooper, Pete

Venue

Rockville Links

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

Metropolitan GA

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].

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