Who's who in golf - Neil Coles


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Name: - Neil Chapman Coles
Country: - England
Born : - September 26th, 1934 in Marylebone, London, England.
Original Home/Club: - Letchworth GC, Herts.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; Chairman PGA Tour Board of Directors; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1950 (age 16).
Web Address: - http://www.neilcoles.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1961, '63, '65, '67, '69, '71, '73, '77). Total professional wins (45), of which European circuit/Tr (31) and European Snr Tr (9). Awarded Harry Vardon Trophy as (British) PGA Order of Merit winner (1963, '70). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000).


Golf course design

Among many design projects Coles has been involved with, the best known are: Chartham Park, PGA de Catalunya (with Angel Gallardo) and the Priestman course, Slaley Hall.


Did you know?

Although Coles was a prolific winnner in Europe, and one of the best golfers of his era, he made few appearances in the USA, mainly due to a fear of flying. He was one of the leading pioneers behind the creation of the European PGA Tour in 1971, and was the Tour's first Chairman.


Top tournaments won by Neil Coles

2002Snr EuropeLawrence Batley SnrsHuddersfield GC209 (-4)€30,919
Played as the Lawrence Batley Seniors Open (June 27-29). Coles (Eng) beat David Creamer (Eng) at the eighth playoff hole. Steve Stull (USA) was eliminated at the fourth playoff hole. Recording the last of his nine wins on the European Snr Tour, Coles (aged 67 years 276 days) became the oldest winner on the Tour. [Huddersfield GC, West Yorkshire, England].
2000Snr EuropeJersey Snr OpenLa Moye207 (-9)€24,430
Played as the Microlease Jersey Seniors Open (June 2-4). Second-placed Jerry Bruner (USA) finished 3 shots behind Coles (Eng). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
1999Snr EuropeScottish Snr OpenDalmahoy206 (-10)€23,100
Played as The Dalmahoy Scottish Seniors Open (Aug 20-22). Second-placed Jerry Bruner (USA) and Jay Dolan III (USA) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, Midlothian].
1999Snr EuropeWentworth Snr MastersWentworth Club205 (-11)€35,000
Played as the Energis Senior Masters (Jul 30-Aug 1). Second-placed David Huish (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1998Snr EuropePhilips PFA ClassicMeon Valley203 (-13)£15,700
Played as the Philips PFA Golf Classic (May 29-31). 63-year-old Coles (Eng) beat David Jones (N.Ire) at the first playoff hole. [Meon Valley H&CC, nr Southampton, England].
1997Snr EuropeCollingtree Snr ClassicCollingtree Park208£15,000
Played as the Ryder Collingtree Seniors Classic. Second-placed Brian Waites (Eng) and Antonio Garrido (Esp) finished 7 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Collingtree Park GC, Northampton, Northants].
1995Snr EuropeCollingtree Snr ClassicCollingtree Park211£8,085
Played as the Collingtree Seniors Classic. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Collingtree Park GC, Northampton, Northants].
1993Snr EuropeSt Pierre Snr ClassicSt Pierre213£6,000
Played as the Gary Player Snrs Classic. Second-placed George Will (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, South Wales].
1992Snr EuropeCollingtree Snr ClassicCollingtree Park218£4,625
Played as the Collingtree Homes Seniors Classic. Second-placed John Fourie (RSA) and Hugh Jackson (Ire) finished 3 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Collingtree Park GC, Northampton, Northants].
1989Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipWest Hill277
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won by Coles (Eng); the last of his four wins in this event. [West Hill GC, Brookwood, nr Woking, Surrey].
1987Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipCoventry GC279
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won for the third straight year by Coles (Eng); the third of his four wins in this event. [Coventry GC, Finham, Coventry, Warwicks].
1987Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipTurnberry279 (-1)
The inaugural Senior British Open (recognised as a senior major championship from 2003). Won by Neil Coles (Eng). [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1986Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipMere276
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won by defending champion Coles (Eng); the second of his four wins in this event. [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].
1985Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipPannal284
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won by Coles (Eng); the first of his four wins in this event. [Pannal GC, Pannal, nr Harrogate, N Yorks].
1982Men EuropeSanyo OpenSant Cugat266£10,000
Played as the Sanyo Open. Won by Neil Coles (Eng).
1977Men EuropeTPC of EuropeFoxhills288 (-4)£8,000
Played as the inaugural European Tournament Players Championship.. Second-placed Peter Dawson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [Bernard Hunt course, Foxhills Resort, Ottershaw, Surrey. at the time known as the Chertsey course].
1976Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipRoyal St George's280 (E)£10,000
Played as the Penfold PGA Championship. Coles (Eng) beat Eamonn Darcy (Ire) and Gary Player (RSA) at the third playoff hole. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1974Men EuropeWills TournamentKings Norton GC283 (-5)£4,000
Played as the (last) W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament. Second-placed Jack Newton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [Kings Norton GC, Alvechurch, nr Birmingham].
1973Men EuropeBritish Match PlayHillside2 holes£3,500
Played as the Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship (May 23-26). Coles (Eng) beat Doug McClelland (Eng) by 2 holes in the 18-hole final, to record his third win in this prestigious event. [Hillside GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1973Men EuropeSpanish OpenLa Manga282 (-6)£3,450
Played as the Spanish Open. Second-placed Tienie Britz (RSA) and Craig Defoy (Wales) finished 3 shots behind Coles (Eng). [South course, La Manga Club, nr Cartagena, Murcia].
1972Men EuropeScottish OpenDownfield283 (-5)£1,950
Played as the inaugural Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open. Coles (Eng) beat Brian Huggett (Wales) in a playoff. [Downfield GC, Dundee, Angus].
1971Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Woodbrook GC276£2,000
Played as the Carroll's International. Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Woodbrook GC, nr Bray, Co. Wicklow].
1971Men EuropeDaks TournamentSouth Herts GC284£825
Played as the (last) Daks Tournament. Brian Huggett (Wales) and defending champion Neil Coles (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Peter Townsend (Eng) finished 2 shots further back in third place. [South Herts GC, Totteridge, North London].
1971Men EuropeGerman OpenClub zur Vahr279 (-17)x
Played as the German Open. Won by Neil Coles (Eng). [Club zur Vahr, Garlstedt, nr Bremen].
1971Men EuropePenfold TournamentQueen's Park GC284£1,500
Played as the Penfold Bournemouth Tournament. Second-placed Stuart Brown (Eng), Gordon Cunningham (Scot), Ronnie Shade (Scot) and Doug Sewell (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Queen's Park GC, Bournemouth, Dorset].
1970Men EuropeBowmaker TournamentRoyal Mid-Surrey132£600
Played as the Bowmaker £4000 Tournament (a 36-hole pro-am event). Second-placed Jimmy Hitchcock (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Outer course, Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey. Now called the J.H. Taylor course.].
1970Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club281£1,000
Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed Peter Wilcock (Eng) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Coles (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1970Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.88n/a
Coles (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the GB&I PGA Tour, with 70.88. Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) was second with 71.63; Brian Huggett (Wales) was third with 71.65. Amongst those playing less than 40 rounds on the Tour, Tony Jacklin (Eng) averaged 70.13 over 14 rounds, and Billy Casper (USA) 69.94 over 14 rounds.
1970Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr778 pts£13,178
Coles (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1970 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Coles accumulated 778.5 pts; Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) was second with 774.5 pts; Brian Huggett (Wales) was third with 772.5 pts. O'Connor topped the Tour's 1970 Prize Money List with £31,532; Tony Jacklin (Eng) was second with £16,462; Coles was third with £13,178.
1966Men EuropeBritish MastersLindrick278£1,250
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) and Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [Lindrick GC, Worksop, Nottinghamshire].
1966Men EuropePringle T'mentRoyal Burgess273
Played as the Pringle of Scotland Tournament. Won by Coles (Eng). [Royal Burgess GC, Barnton, nr Edinburgh].
1965Men EuropeBritish Match PlayWalton Heath19th hole£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 2-5). Defending champion Coles (Eng) beat Lionel Platts (Eng) at the 19th hole in the final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1965Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Cork GC269£1,000
Played as the Carroll Sweet Afton Tournament. Second-placed Tommy Horton (Eng) and Harry Weetman (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Coles (Eng). [Cork GC, Little Island, Cork, Co. Cork].
1964Men EuropeBowmaker TournamentSunningdale, Eng136£350
Played as the Bowmaker £3000 Tournament (a 36-hole pro-am event). Second-placed Peter Alliss (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1964Men EuropeBritish Match PlayWalton Heath3 & 2£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 2-5). Coles (Eng) beat Peter Butler (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1964Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club282£1,000
Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed and defending champion Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Coles (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1963Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club280£750
Played as the Daks Tournament. Peter Alliss (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Denis Hutchinson (S Africa) finished 2 shots further back in third place. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1963Men EuropeMartini Intl.Royal Liverpool298£875
Played as the £6000 Martini Internationall. Second-placed Neil Coles (Eng) and Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) finished in a tie for first place. Dai Rees (Wales) finished 2 shots further back in third place. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1963Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.73x
Coles (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1963 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Coles's 71.73 was based on 46 rounds played.

 

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