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BOBBY GREENWOOD’S CAREER PROFILE

(Updated: April 2020)

HALL OF FAME & AWARDS

• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award
Golf House of Tennessee, Franklin, TN, Feb. 28, 2010. (retroactive 2007)

• Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame
Holston Hills Country Club, Knoxville, TN, September 5, 2007.

• Riverside Military Academy Centennial Sports Hall of Fame
Charter Member, Gainesville, GA, October 13, 2007.

• University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame
Denton, Texas, Nov. 2, 2002.

• PGA President’s Council Award
PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, Florida, 2005.

• Dick Smith Memorial Award for Outstanding College Golfer
North Texas State University, Denton, Texas, 1962.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

• North Texas State University (now University of North Texas-UNT)
Denton, Texas, B.A. Business Admin., 1964.
• Three-time NCAA All-American

• Tennessee Polytechnic Institute-TPI (now Tennessee Technological University)
Cookeville, Tennessee, Freshman, 1958-1959
• Member, TPI Athletic “T” Club.
• Team Winner, Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Conference (TIAC)  Championship, Old Hickory Country Club, TN, 1958.
• ROTC Best-Drilled Cadet, TPI, 1958.

• Member, TPI Rebel Rifles Drill Team
• Walk on TPI Freshman Basketball Team under Coach Johnny Oldham, 1958.
• Runner-up Finish at Ohio Valley Conference Golf League Championship, 1958. (individual)

• Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia, 1957. (Postgraduate)
• Received Horton Society (Honor) Award at graduation.
• Leading scorer, RMA Basketball Team
• Ten Home Runs, RMA Baseball Team
• Played #1 on RMA Golf Team

• Cookeville Central High School, Cookeville, Tennessee, 1956. (Graduate)

CAREER EXPERIENCE/HISTORY

• President, Bobby Greenwood & Associates Golf Course Design/Land Planning, Cookeville, TN, 1992-Present

• President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deland, Florida, 1998-2008

• Design Coordinator ~ Golden Bear International (Nicklaus Design)
North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena Japan. 1996-1997
($22 million project)

• Designed & Supervised Construction, The Fairways on Spencer Creek/Cheekwood Golf Club, Franklin, TN, 1992-1996

• Director of Golf, Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 1977 and 1978
(Home of Tournament Players Championship, currently THE PLAYERS),

• Host Professional for the first and second Tournament Players Championship (TPC) held at Sawgrass. This included many diverse activities including PGA Tour Media responsibilities and public relations duties.
Additional activities at Sawgrass:
• TV golf clinics for Channel 17, Jacksonville, Florida
• Gator Bowl Executive Committee
• Hillier Cup Team – Honored Guest
• Instructional Panel, Florida PGA and Jr. Golf Academy

• Director of Golf Operations, Suntree Country Club, Melbourne, FL, 1989-1991
(36-hole resort with 1,650 members; and Home of the Space Coast Classic, Senior PGA Tour event).

• Golf Director ~ Supervised the golf program for Meadow Greens Country Club, Eden, North Carolina, through busy season and hired the new pro for the club.

• President, Greenwood, Frazee & Associates, Brentwood, TN. (Golf Course Design & Planning Services), 1986-1989

• Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Tennessee’s First Golf Publication, “The Nifty Knicker”, Church Street, Nashville, TN (1/3 ownership), 1986-1987

• Golf Director, Benchcraft Golf Co., 1921 Church Street, Nashville, TN 1980-1984
(Golf schools, clinics and exhibitions).

• Golf School Coordinator, “Master’s School of Golf”, 1984-1986
(Partnership with Dave Ragan, PGA Ryder Cup Team member, and  Jack Wall).

• Golf Course Architect, Greenwood, Tucker & Associates, 1978-1980
Designed and supervised construction of Dorchester Golf Course, Fairfield Glade, TN – Permanent Home of Tennessee Open Championship for 8 years.

• Contract Consultant, Planned Recreation Consultants, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, 1974-1978

• PGA Tour Player, Professional Golfers Association, 1969-1975

GOLF CREDITS

•  Life Member, PGA of America

• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award

• Ambassador of Golf, Inaugural Tennessee Senior State Open, 2010-2016

• University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame, 2002
• NCAA All-America ~ First Team, 1963.
• NCAA All-America ~ Second Team, 1962.
• NCAA All-America ~ Honorable Mention, 1961.
North Texas State University, Denton, Texas (now University of North Texas).

• 3-Time Runner-up Finishes at Missouri Valley Conference Golf League  Championship, North Texas State University, Denton, TX, 1961, 1962, 1963.

• Southern Intercollegiate Conference (S.I.C.) Champion & Southeastern  Conference Championship (SEC), Athens, Georgia, 1963.

• All-American Intercollegiate, hosted by University of Houston, Pine Forest  Country Club, Houston, Texas. (Runner-up to Kermit Zarley), 1963. (senior year).

• Border Olympics Golf Tournament, Laredo, Texas. (Team won, I finished 4th place), 1962.

• Southwest Recreational Intercollegiate Champion, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961.  (sophomore year)

• Colonial Invitational, Colonial Country Club, Memphis, Tennessee. (defeated  Jack Nicklaus, 1 up in 19 holes, sudden death playoff, 9 months before Jack won the U.S. Open), 1961. (sophomore year)

• Runner-up Finish at Ohio Valley Conference Golf League Championship, Tennessee Technological University, 1958. (first of four)

• Co-Medalist USGA Amateur, 1964.
Canterbury Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

• Qualified & played in Four USGA Amateurs.

• Qualified and played in Two U.S. Opens. (made the cut in both)

• Texas Cup Team (Ten-member team), 1964.
Defeated Byron Nelson in singles match. (score: 67 to 68)

• Porter Cup Amateur Championships, 1965 & 1966.
Finished 5th and 7th respectively. Niagara Falls CC, New York.

• Tennessee Cup Team, 1968, 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000.
Co-Founder, 1968

• Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Magazine, Thrice.
Ranked 6th, 8th, and 10th respectively.

• Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Digest, 1968.
Ranked 7th. His ranked is based on a victory in the Sunnehanna as well as the  Tennessee State Open and his finished third in the Southern Amateur.

• Sunnehanna Amateur ~ “Tournament of Champions”, 1965 and 1968.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Tournament record of 269 set in 1965 and course record of 63 set in 1965).

• Rhode Island Open Champion, 1970 (while on the PGA Tour).
Agawam Hunt and Golf Club, Rumford, Rhode Island.

• Tennessee Open Champion, 1968.
Old Hickory Country, Club, Hermitage, Tennessee.

• Tennessee Amateur Champion, 1966.
Chickasaw Country Club, Memphis, Tennessee.

• Irvin Cobb Open Championship, Paxton Park Country Club, Paducah, Kentucky
(Two-time winner).

• “Champions’ Choice” ~ PGA Tour, 1969.
Rookie voted by past champions invited to play in the Colonial Invitational (NIT), Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

• Qualified to play the PGA Tour at “Q School”.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 1969.  (Tied Johnny Miller for 3rd).

• PGA Tour Player for 7 years, 1969-1975.
Retired after playing for seven years because of physical injuries.

• Tournament Players Division – PGA Tour, 1972-1975. (Voting member)

• Winner of over 150 Amateur and Pro Tournaments in playing career!

• PGA Member – Class A since 1971.

• Music City Pro-Celebrity Invitational, Runner-Up, Nashville Golf and Athletic  Club, 1970. (while on PGA Tour)

• Tennessee Senior PGA Champion, 1991, 1992, 1994.

• Course Record: Southern Amateur Championship, 1968.
Score: 64 (-8 par), Lost Tree Golf Club, North Palm Beach, Florida (Jack Nicklaus Home Course… later tied by Calvin Peete).

• Played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), 1988-1991.

• Made seventy-two cuts, six Top 10 finishes, and fifteen Top 25s on the PGA Tour. Plus unofficial cuts, finishes and money won; winner of 1970 Rhode Island Open.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

• International Coordinator, Balangiga Without Borders (BWB) – Disaster Relief Volunteers Worldwide (USA, Philippines, Worldwide), 2013-Present
• Assisted in raising funds for Relief Efforts in the Philippines during the deadly and devastating Hurricane Haiyan (locally known as Super Typhoon Haiyan), 2013-2019.
• Overseen, coordinated, secured and monitored relief operations
• Collaborated, coordinated and formed partnerships with International Non-Government Organizations (INGOs)

• Legionnaire, American Legion Post 46, 2016-Present.
Post Historian, 2018-Present

• Sons of the Confederate Veterans (SCV), 2019-Present.

• Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), 2017-Present.

• First Families of White County, Tennessee
Ancestors were pioneers and the early settlers of the county.

• First Families of Putnam County, Tennessee
Ancestors were pioneers and the early settlers of the county.

• Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Alumni, Inc., Board of Directors, Crossville, TN 2010-2011.

• Lion’s Club, Member, Cookeville, TN, 2007-2008.

• Christian Partners, Inc., Board of Directors, Clarksville, TN, 1980-2010.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) – Upper Cumberland Advisory Board Member, 2006-2015.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Camps:
• Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, St. Augustine, Florida, 2006.
• Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 2005.
• Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Powell, Wyoming, 2005-2006.
• Assistant Golf Director, FCA Camp, Crow Valley Golf Club, Davenport, Iowa.

• International Golf Professional Association ~ Vice-President (1991-1992).

• Boy Scouts of America:
• Eagle Scout-1954
• God & Country Award
• Silver Award
• Arrow Head Award
• Commissioner Award
• Order of the Arrow Award
•  National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Executive Committee Member, Nashville, Tennessee.
• Boy Scouts of America ~ Unit Commissioner,  Middle Tennessee Council (1999-2009)

• Cookeville Rescue Mission, Board of Directors (1980s-2014)

• Lettermen Association, UNT – Member, Denton, Texas.

• Fellowship of Christian Golfers (Co-Founder & Director).

• Optimists Club, VP & Board of Directors. (Coached Junior Pro Basketball, 1980-1986).

• Gideons International ~Vice-President, Cookeville, TN, 2002-2004.

• First United Methodist Church, Staff Parish ~ Member, 2007-2009.

• First United Methodist Church, Men’s Brotherhood ~ President, 2005-2008.
Vice-President (2004-2005).

• First United Methodist Church, Backslider Class ~ President, 2006-2007.
Vice- President (2005-2006).

• First United Methodist Church, Church Council ~ Member (2005-Present).

• Mason, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Tennessee.

• Shriner, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Al Menah Temple of Nashville, TN.

• United States Army, Honorable Discharged

• United States Air Force, Honorable Discharged

• Vietnam Veteran

SCHOOLS AND EXPERIENCE

• PGA Tour Player – seven years.

• PGA Business Schools I & II, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

• Co-Founder of Tennessee Cup Matches
(Selected the entire amateur team – 1968).

• Golf Course Architect Consultant ~ Fairfield Glade, Inc. (1969-1972)

• Principal-In-Charge, designed and supervised construction of second 18-hole golf course for Fairfield Glade, Inc., Dorchester Country Club (Home of Tennessee Open Championship).

• Coached Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball (1979-1984)

• Coached Junior – Pro Basketball (1980-1986)
Winner ~ Boys’ State Championship, 1983
Winner ~ Girls’ State Championship & National Championship, 1986

• Golf Architect ~ Designed and supervised construction of Fairways on Spencer Creek/Cheekwood Golf Club, Franklin, Tennessee, 1994-1996.

• Design Coordinator ~ for Jack Nicklaus in Japan, 1996-1997
Golden Bear International, North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena, Japan. ($22 million project)

• PGA Hole in One archive at http://www.pga.com (8 holes in one)
Port St. Lucie, Florida

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Board of Directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for nine years and has taught at several FCA Sports Camps in the capacity of Head Golf Clinician in charge of golf instruction at camps in South Dakota, Florida, Wyoming and Iowa.

• Taught several PGA golf professionals golf lessons as well as several PGA Tour Players. Several amateur students have received college golf scholarships.

• Coached Little League Baseball and Junior Pro Basketball for eight years.
• won Boy’s State Championship (1983)
• won Girl’s State Championship & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (1986)
• won 4 league titles (baseball)

• Co-Founder Tennessee Cup Matches 1968

• After graduating from UNT, I was selected to play on the Prestigious 10-man Texas Cup Team in 1964.
• Four years later, I brought the Tennessee Challenge Cup matches to Tennessee in 1968 and was asked to select the entire Amateur Team that inaugural year.

• Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation.
• Appointed by the late Fred V. Grau who was instrumental in founding the Musser Foundation in 1969 (my rookie year to play the PGA Tour).
• Served with Arnold Palmer for seven years as Technical Advisor to the Board.
• Dr. Fred Grau played a major role in the development and release of several grasses including zoysia, U-3 Bermuda grass as well as Merion bluegrass which are used extensively on golf courses. Dr. Grau served as Executive Director of the USGA Green Section. Today, the Foundation has assets of about $700,000.00 and is dedicated to continue supporting the next generation of leaders.

• 1987 – Co-founded Tennessee’s first golf publication “The Nifty Knicker” and served as Editor-in-Chief, one-third owner of this newspaper.

• Benchcraft Golf Company, established in 1980, Church Street, Nashville, TN.
•  Enjoyed much success with golf instruction, golf clinics, and exhibitions which were held at Opryland Hotel.
• Affiliated with South Ocean Beach, Nassau, Bahamas, where I based my International Golf Tours.
• “Master’s School of Golf”, partnered with former PGA Ryder Cup Team member Dave Ragan.
• The Tennessee schools were based at Sewanee Inn and Golf Course and also used several State Parks for various golf schools in Tennessee and Kentucky.

• Recipient of the Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award
• Quote on plaque: “recognizes current or former Tennessee PGA Section members who have had outstanding careers as PGA Professionals based on service to his or her club, course or employer, service and leadership to the Association, community service, professional playing record and teaching ability”.

FOR MORE DETAILS, visit:

• Official Website: www.GreenwoodPGA.net

• Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Greenwood_(golfer)

• Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/greenwoodpga/

• Archive: http://www.Newspaper.com
Note: on “Search” engine, type:
• Robert S. Greenwood, Jr.  golf
• Bob Greenwood golf
• Bobby Greenwood golf

OTHER SOURCES – “Bobby Greenwood in BOOKS”:

Nicklaus, Jack. My 55 Ways to Lower Your Golf Score. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 1964, page 104.

Nicklaus, Jack, and Ken Bowden. My Story. Simon & Schuster, 1997, page 53.

Pearce, Gene. The History of Tennessee Golf: 1894-2001. Hillsboro Press, 2002, pages 10, 21-22, 28, 77, 174, 199, 257-258, 270-273, 284-285, 308-309, 330, 347-348, 352, 375, 381, 399-401.

Pearce, Gene. Southern Golf Association: the First Hundred Years. Southern Golf Association, 2004, pages 140, 142.

Pearce, Gene. 2017 Tennessee Golf Almanac and Record Book. Tennessee Golf Foundation, 2017, pages 5, 194, 246.

Pearce, Gene. Colonial: Home of Champions. SPS Publications, Inc., 2013.

Yerger, John, et al. The History of Sunnehanna Country Club and the

Sunnehanna Amateur. John Yerger, 2004, pages 95-96, 99.

Published in: Uncategorized on April 18, 2020 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Bobby Greenwood’s sentimental journey to the Players

Bobby Greenwood’s sentimental journey to the Players

Tee Times report

Bobby Greenwood played on the PGA Tour for seven years and also has a career highlight victory over Jack Nicklaus in sudden death at the Colonial Invitational in late 1961.

But each spring, it’s a trip to Florida that stokes some of the 73-year-old Greenwood’s fondest memories. Greenwood and his family return to Ponte Vedra Beach to attend the Players Championship. The reason it is near and dear to Greenwood’s heart? He was the director of golf at Sawgrass Country Club and served as host professional for the event in 1977-78.

The tournament, which began in 1974, eventually moved to its current TPC Sawgrass site but Greenwood always enjoys returning to watch the tournament.

“My wife Elma got me started revisiting the different places that I played while on Tour back in the ‘70s. And, we especially enjoy going back to Sawgrass Country Club and rekindle ol’ memories. It’s almost like a healing process,” Greenwood said. “We enjoy our travels even more now that we have a purpose.”

This year’s visit to Florida will add to Greenwood’s list of memory highlights. Viola, his 13-year-old daughter, was selected as a runner/volunteer for the practice range at the Players. rsg-viola

“Viola has shown an interest in golf and this should be an excellent learning experience to be on the range next to the best players in the world and listening to them talk while they practice,” he said.

Greenwood, a native of Cookeville, now designs golf courses but he reflects back on an excellent career in golf. He was a three-time All-America selection at North Texas and tied for third with Johnny Miller in the 1969 PGA Tour qualifying school.rsg2

His lone tour victory came at the Rhode Island Open, a satellite PGA Tour event, and he’s a three-time Tennessee Senior Open champion. He’s credited with more than 150 wins in his amateur and professional career. When the world’s best players tee it up at Sawgrass, Greenwood will get his perspective from outside the ropes. But he’ll certainly fondly be reliving his time inside the ropes and when he was the director of golf at Sawgrass Country Club in the fledgling days of the Players Championship.

Source: http://www.teetimespaper.com/component/content/article/123

 

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Bobby Greenwood & Aubrey King

After 37 years at Tansi, golf pro Aubrey King retires
December 22, 2011
By Pauline D. Sherrer Publisher
Crossville Chronicle

PGA Tour player and past Tennessee Open Champion Bobby Greenwood presented King with a plaque that read, “The Tennessee Section of the PGA of America and its 425 golf professionals in Tennessee are proud to present you with this plaque in recognition of your distinguished career in the golf industry for 37 years and as a gifted teacher who had helped thousands of people be introduced to the great game of golf and who has helped golf pros and ranking amateurs alike.”

Greenwood told the crowd that even though King over the years had won many individual honors playing golf, it was the team events that Aubrey enjoyed the most.

“The Lake Tansi team was the team to beat in Tennessee section events for several years,” Greenwood noted.

Greenwood added that in his prime, King was considered the longest hitter in Tennessee, sending a ball 322 yards. On the original Lake Tansi Golf Course, one hole measured 695 yards and was named “Trail of Tears.” Only two players ever reached the green in two shots — one was Doc Goss, legendary East Tennessee golfer and National Long Drive Champion — and the other Aubrey King.

Source: http://crossville-chronicle.com/laketansi/x1818097920/After-37-years-at-Tansi-golf-pro-Aubrey-King-retires

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Excerpt from Rev. Harold Witmer’s Book

CHAPTER IX

A FUN TIME

With all the heartache and work, there was also fun time.  Harold became good friends with Bobby Greenwood, a wonderful golf pro who resided in Tennessee. Bobby truly had a conversion experience and turned his life over to the Lord.

The excitement of sharing the Gospel appealed greatly to Bobby and he often asked his good friend Harold to travel with him. Harold called it golf evangelism.  Many times different pros would ask Harold to preach at their home church when the tournaments were close to them and of course the traveling golf evangelist accepted their invitation.  The result were incredible and the demand for him to speak in other churches spread throughout the golf tours.

And now, as told in his own words, PGA Golf Professional, Bobby Greenwood.

Year’s ago, “Reader’s Digest” had a popular segment called “The most unforgettable character that I have ever met.”  Well folks, Brother Harold is indeed that man in my life.  As I write this part of my experiences with Bro. Harold, I am already looking forward to reading this book about his life.

Leaving the PGA Tour after 7 years, returning back home to Cookeville, Tennessee, I would teach at the Tennessee Golf Academy just to be able to be with my two children for a week.  They were ages 8 and 6 years old at that time.

PGA professional Jack Wall was a dear friend of Bro. Harold.  And, Jack met me at the Tennessee Golf Academy which was held at Fall Creek Falls State Park.  Jack was an excellent golf instructor as well as an intense student of the game.  He saw my knowledge of the golf swing and offered me 25% of his golf company if I would teach at Benchcraft Golf Co. one day a week.  So, I would drive to Nashville and spend the night at the Benchcraft Golf Co. which was located on Church Street and be ready to teach the next morning.  Some days I would give 10-12 lessons.

One of Jack Wall’s many talents was his ability to network people.  He would bring people to gather and they would sometime accomplish great things.

Jack introduced me to Bro. Harold and the rest is history.  We would leave the hustle and bustle of Benchcraft Golf Co. which was located on Church Street in Nashville, TN, and go out back in the alley by the dumpster and talk.  One of my few talents is my ability to identify greatness in people.  I was immediately intrigued by the honest sincerity of the man.  Of course, I could tell that he truly loved the Lord but I had no idea of the magnitude of this love.  He was completely sold out to Jesus.  His whole life is doing the work of the Father for the Kingdom.  I was to learn that Bro. Harold is the most generous, giving and forgiving man that I have ever known.  In short, Harold Witmer is the finest Christian man that I have ever known!

Jack and I would take Bro. Harold to our golf clinics and various outings to the Bahamas and State Parks. He became our official Golf Chaplain for Benchcraft Golf Co. In the Bahamas, there on the beach, Easter Sunrise service, many people heard the saving power of Jesus Christ. It was great!

Through the years and our travels together, I have learned so much about how to learn to love God and obey His commandments.  I am a better Christian man because of being with Bro. Harold.  Thank you Jack Wall and God, not necessarily in that order, for putting Bro. Harold in my life!

I will share one story with you about his boldness in the Lord.

One year, I qualified to play in the Senior PGA Championship held at Laurel Valley Country Club at Ligonier, Pennsylvania.  I played a practice round with the great Arnold Palmer and after the round we went in the luxurious clubhouse to have lunch.  We were eating with the world leaders in the golf industry and Bro. Harold just resting in the Lord and so relaxed.  After lunch we made our way through the large crowd of spectators on our way to the practice range.  I brought Bro. Harold through ropes and he began talking with several pros as I continued to hit range balls. The next thing I knew, a hush fell over the crowd as Bro. Harold had a circle of pros engaged in prayer.  Later I learned that Chi Chi Rodriguez had requested that Bro. Harold lift a curse off him that was put then by another golf pro.

Chi Chi and Doug Sanders became life long friend with my dear friend Bro. Harold.

I could tell you of how Bro. Harold became publisher of Tennessee’s first golf publication or the many trips that he took with Jack Wall and myself on our various golf clinics and vacations but, that would take another book.

Just for the record, may I say right now… To be a Christian partner and friend to Bro. Harold is a great honor for me.  Without his help through the years, I would never have been inducted into Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. God bless you my brother.

Please just let me thank Brother Harold Witmer for being God’s servant and my dear friend.

When Bobby was installed into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, his wonderful brother in Christ was there to share in the excitement.  To quote Bobby from an autographed picture we have these words: “You are a great friend and without your help I would never have made the Hall of Fame. God bless you and sister Faye.
Sincerely, Bobby Greenwood”.

Source: “Two Are Better Than One”, A True Story About a Real Person Who Serves a Living God – Rev. Harold Witmer. Written & Edited by: William H. Corley, First Edition 2008.

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cookeville Golf & Country Club Championship (1949-1988)

COOKEVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

1949 CHARLES STANTON
1950 HOOPER EBLEN
1951 JERE WHITSON
1952 CHARLES STANTON
1953 CHARLES DARWIN
1954 FRANK ALEXANDER
1955 HUBIE SMITH
1956 BOBBY GREENWOOD
1957 BOBBY GREENWOOD
1958 BOBBY GREENWOOD
1959 BOBBY GREENWOOD
1960 CHARLES STANTON
1961 FRANK ALEXANDER
1962 JOHN GILL
1963 PHILLIP C. WEBB
1964 PHILLIP C. WEBB
1965 PHILLIP C. WEBB
1966 CHARLES STANTON
1967 PHILLIP C. WEBB
1968 JOE BAKER
1969 PHILLIP C. WEBB
1970 DAVID MULLINAX
1971 MACK HUDDLESTON
1972 MARTIN MIGLIORE
1973 JIM ALEXANDER
1974 KEVIN HOUNIHAN
1975 KEVIN HOUNIHAN
1976 PHILLIP C. WEBB (139)
1977 JOHNNY ANDERSON (142)
1978 DOUG STANDIFER (140)
1979 CRAIG KING (145)
1980 CARLEN WEBB (144)
1981 DOUG STANDIFER (138)
1982 DOUG STANDIFER
1983 DOUG STANDIFER
1984 DOUG STANDIFER
1985 DOUG STANDIFER
1986 DAVID DRAPER
1987 DAVID DRAPER
1988 DAVID DRAPER

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Passing on the lessons — Greenwood teaching golf to his daughter

Passing on the lessons — Greenwood teaching golf to his daughter
by Buddy Pearson Herald Citizen 06.18.11 – 09:00 pm (online edition)

COOKEVILLE — Bobby Greenwood has been giving golf lessons almost all his life. His knowledge and experience of the game crafted from an outstanding amateur and professional career has helped people play better golf. At the age of 72, Greenwood still gives golf lessons although he concentrates mainly on teaching one very important pupil — his 12-year-old daughter Viola.

“I have a great teacher. Dad is a great teacher and, plus, we have a lot of fun,” said Viola. “It’s good to enjoy something you do.”

Viola couldn’t have a more qualified teacher. Greenwood was a 3-time NCAA All-American at the University of North Texas during an incredible amateur career which saw him best players such as Jack Nicklaus and Byron Nelson in match play events. After turning pro, Greenwood spent seven years on the PGA Tour, winning the 1970 Rhode Island Open and taking on the likes of Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer. He captured more than 150 amateur and pro tournaments and has been elected to the Riverside Military Academy, North Texas Athletic and Tennessee Golf Hall of Fames.

“Actually, I kind of in a way, hoped she wouldn’t play golf because I know how tough the game is,” confessed Greenwood. “It’s a lonely game. It’s the most difficult of all games to play correctly. I was wanting her to get into the team sports.”

Viola has tried her hand at team sports, excelling in local youth soccer and softball leagues. But being around a legendary golfer on a daily basis gave her the notion to want to play.

“Viola is a good athlete,” said Greenwood. “She played soccer and softball. She could play basketball if she wanted. She has responded well and she still has a long way to go.”

Viola has just started getting serious about hitting the links this year. She has been practicing hard and learning the game from one of the best ball-strikers to ever tee it up in the state of Tennessee.

“The secret is we don’t have any preconceived goals,” Greenwood explained. “We are just out there having fun and seeing what happens. If she is good enough to become a pretty good player then it will happen. If she’s not, then we won’t force it. We are just having fun and introducing her to the game.”

Having a golf professional for a dad has done more than just show Viola how to hit a golf ball. Greenwood and his wife Elma have been able to take Viola to different courses and tournaments around the country that have special meaning. Greenwood has taken his family to the Masters and to the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass where he was the head pro. They have gone to Berumuda to the Grand Slam of Golf. All of these experiences has introduced Viola to Greenwood’s past as well as opened the door to meeting some of the top players on the PGA Tour today.

“It’s a great experience and I’m pretty lucky to get to go to great famous golf courses and it is helping me learn,” Viola said. “Watching people helps.”

Watching Greenwood give golf lessons to other people has also helped Viola improve her game. She has become a student of the game, getting a daily dose of golf from her loving dad.

“It is a hard game. He says it takes five years to learn the game so I think I’m on the right track,” Viola said. “I’m learning slowly but surely.”

While Greenwood shares his advice and expertise on golf, he also shares stories of his glorious past with his daughter. That’s something she cherishes as much as how to swing a club.

“I love hearing his stories,” said Viola. “I’m pretty proud of him.”

Greenwood is equally proud of his well-mannered and talented daughter. The two of them recently teamed up in their first-ever tournament, competing in the Kiwanis Cookeville Children’s Museum Adult Youth Golf Scramble at White Plains. The Greenwoods finished second in their flight but came out winners as far as having fun and enjoying the experience goes.

“The first tournament being able to play with my dad was really fun,” said Viola. “It was a really great experience.”

“It was a great tournament and we had a great time,” added Greenwood. “It was something I will never forget.”

Greenwood looks to continue teaching his daughter about golf and sharing his knowledge and experience with her, hoping that’s something she will never forget.

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Bobby Greenwood @ a local History Museum

Bobby Greenwood has been one of the featured athletes at the Cookeville History Museum’s “Sports Theme” exhibit from November 27, 2010 to January 8, 2011.

Excerpt from Herald-Citizen, online edition, 11/21/2010

” The exhibit will also focus on those local athletes who have played their sport on the professional level, from Tennessee Tech football player Jim Youngblood, a nine-time NFL Pro Bowl participant; PGA Tour players Bobby Greenwood and the late Bobby Nichols; and even J.J. Redick, a former Duke guard who now plays for the Orlando Magic. He was born in Cookeville, Tennessee.

”It’s kind of a broad look at sports in Putnam County,” Duke said of the exhibit. “But we especially want to recognize those individuals who have excelled in the sport they loved.”

Read more:  Herald Citizen – Sports the theme of new exhibit at history museum

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Bobby Greenwood and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

FCA anecdotes [copied from GreenwoodPGA.net Facebook notes]

Bobby Greenwood has been involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for a very long time… when he was Director of Golf at Sawgrass Country Club where Capt. Bill Lewis started the FCA Golf in 1977 out of his condo at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Bobby worked with Capt. Bill Lewis in 1977 and 1978 with regard to the FCA Golf Ministry.

Another thing, Bobby and Dean Beman, then the Commisioner of the PGA Tour, where keynote speakers at the 1977 FCA Breakfast with Pros at Sawgrass Country Club.

Presently, Bobby serves on the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland FCA in Cookeville, TN, 2006-present.

And he has been:

Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, St. Augustine, Florida, 2006.

Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 2005.

Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Powell, Wyoming, 2005-2006.

Assistant Golf Director, FCA Camp, Crow Valley Golf Club, Davenport, Iowa.

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Greenwood received TPGA Distinguished Career Award Feb. 28

 Published by Fairfield Glade VISTA, March 14th, 2010

The Tennessee Section PGA unveiled the new Distinguished Career Award (DCA) Display at Golf House Tennessee February 28.  The Distinguished Career Award recognizes current or former Tennessee PGA Section members who have had outstanding careers as PGA Professionals based on service to his or her club, course or employer, service and leadership to the Association, community service, professional playing record and teaching ability.  The Distinguished Career Award acknowledges Tennessee PGA Professionals as vital and significant contributors to the game of golf.    The renovated hallway now recognizes twenty eight PGA Professionals including names such as Cary Middlecoff, Lou Graham, Mason Rudolph, Joe Campbell, Gibby Gilbert and Loren Roberts.

Joining that elite list of former PGA Tour players is Cookeville’s own, Bobby Greenwood. 

 
Photo Caption: Tennessee PGA President Hunt Gilliland (left) presents the Distinguished Career Award to former PGA Tour Player Bobby Greenwood.

 Greenwood was introduced to golf at Cookeville Country Club at the age of twelve.  After earning a three-time NCAA All-American career at North Texas State University, Greenwood was noted as one of the best amateurs in the country during the 1960’s. He was twice ranked in the Top 10 Amateur golfers in Americ

a by Golf Magazine.  Greenwood won the 1966 Tennessee State Amateur and the 1968 Tennessee State Open, and played the PGA Tour from 1969 to 1975 carding six top 10s and fifteen top 25s, while also winning the 1970 Rhode Island Open while on the Tour.  He played in two US Opens, two USGA Amateurs, eight Tennessee Cup Match Teams, three Senior Tenn

essee PGA titles and currently is the President of his own golf course architectural firm in Cookeville. Bobby designed and supervised construction of our Dorchester Golf Course in 1977. Greenwood is also a member of the University of North Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame and Riverside Military Centennial All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Greenwood was one of fifteen past and current recipients who were on hand for this special unveiling in Franklin, Tennessee in front of their fellow Tennessee PGA Professionals and special guests.

See a future edition of the VISTA for an upcoming special event featuring an appearance by Bobby Greenwood.

Source: FairfieldGladeVista.com

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 7:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Bobby Greenwood receives Distinguished Career Award from Tennessee Section of the PGA

Published by Crossville-Chronicle, March 9, 2010

 Bobby Greenwood, longtime golf professional and Cookeville native, received the Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award last week at the Golf House of Tennessee near Franklin, where the award was unveiled.

The Distinguised Career Award is the highest honor the Tennessee PGA can bestow upon a golf professional. It recognizes current or former Tennessee PGA Section members who have had outstanding careers as PGA Professionals based on service to their club, course or employer, service and leadership to the association, community service, professional playing record and teaching ability. The Distinguished Career Award acknowledges these Tennessee PGA Professionals as vital and significant contributors to the game of golf.

Greenwood and fellow  members of the Tennessee  Golf Hall of Fame – Pat Abbott, Cotton Berrier, Joe Campbell, Harold Elller, Gibby Gilbert, Lou Graham, Don Malarkey, Cary Middlecoff, Teddy Rhodes, Loren Roberts and Mason Rudolph, who were also received the Distinguished Service Award, according to Buddy Pearson of the Herald-Citizen.

Greenwood joins an elite group of only 26 other PGA Professionals who have received this honor.

Photo caption: Tennessee PGA president Hunt Gilliland, left, presents the Tennessee PGA’s Distinugished Career Award to former PGA Tour player Bobby Greenwood.

The Cookeville native was introduced to golf at the Cookeville Country Club at the age of 12, according to the Tennessee Section of the PGA.

After earning a three-time NCAA All-American career at North Texas State University, Greenwood was noted as one of the best amateurs in the country during the 1960s.

He was twice ranked in the Top 10 Amateur golfers in America by Golf Magazine. 

Greenwood won the 1966 Tennessee State Amateur and the 1968 Tennessee State Open, and played the PGA Tour from 1969 to 1975 carding six top 10s and fifteen top 25s, while also winning the 1970 Rhode Island Open while on the Tour. 

He played in two US Opens, eight Tennessee Cup Match Teams and currently is the President of his own golf course architectural firm in Cookeville. 

Greenwood is also a member of the University of North Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame and Riverside Military Centennial All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Greenwood was one of fifteen past and current recipients who were on hand for this special unveiling in Franklin, Tennessee in front of their fellow Tennessee PGA Professionals and special guests.

 Photo caption:  There was a special greeting of two old PGA Tour players, Mason Rudolph, left, and Bobby Greenwood at Golf House of Tennessee last week, when Greenwood received his Distinguished Career Award.

 

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