Now…..and Then

This article was written by Rick McNeal of Glade Vista, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, dated April 11, 2006.

The Legacy of Golf Pro Bobby Greenwood, PGA

             In the upcoming weeks the Glade Vista will have the privilege of bringing you a series of articles about golf legend, Bobby Greenwood PGA. “When he was at the top of his game, he was the best ball-striker I had ever seen,” said Bobby Nichols, Club Pro Ironwood Golf Course. “He was so far ahead of any other golfers from around here. He had all the shots and he was good under pressure. This new generation doesn’t know who Bobby Greenwood was,” said Nichols. “I wish the younger golf fans could have seen him play, and I hope that in some way he will be remembered as the best golfer in this area.”

            Even though Bobby has amassed numerous honors and accolades, has set several course records, and has played with the best of the best, he’s still Bobby to anyone that knows him. He’s a very humble Christian man, who is also a great husband and father.

            He lives in Cookeville now with his family and enjoys a very happy, laid back lifestyle. Instead of enduring the grueling life of a Tour Player, he now enjoys spending time with his wife Elma and 7 year old daughter Viola. The way Bobby and Elma met each other was quite a story, to say the least. They began writing through a Christian Singles International Filipino connection. While working in Japan, Bobby had to leave the country occasionally in order to keep his work visa and he would travel, as you guessed it, to the Philippines to meet Elma.

            “I got to know her and her family while I was in the Philippines for two months,” Bobby recalled. “I came back home and realized I was in the same miserable, lonely existence once again. So, I just called her and  asked ‘Will you marry me?’ and she said, ‘Yes,’ and we immediately started making plans for her to come home with me, and we married in 1998.”

            Bobby graduated in 1957 from Riverside Military Academy,Gainesville, GA, and received the Horton Society Honor) Award at graduation. He began his college career at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, where he was runner-up in the OVC Conference Championship his freshman year. He  then went on the enroll at University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), in 1961, where he was a dominant force in college golf. He was a three-time NCAA all-American and the only First Team All-American in the school’s history. He led the Eagles to three consecutive Titles and was also selected to the prestigious 10-member Texas Cup Team in 1964 where he defeated well known golfer Byron Nelson in the singles match. He also was runner-up three consecutive years (Sophomore, Junior, Senior year) in the Missouri Valley Conference while at North Texas. He graduated in 1964 with a degree in Business Administration. According to an article in the 1963 school paper, Bobby was selected as the third All- American in school history. From the beginning North Texas Coach Herb Ferrill labeled Greenwood as “one of the best golfers I’ve ever seen.” Labeled a “perfectionist” by Coach Ferrill, Bobby continued to work on the basic fundamentals of his golf game, as he has since he began playing at the age of twelve at the Cookeville Country Club.

             While Bobby was in college he was making quite a name for himself on the amateur circuit as well. He was Co-Medalist U.S.G.A Amateur, 1964 – Canterbury Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio; Tennessee Cup Team, 1968, 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000; Twice ranked in Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Magazine, ranked sixth and eighth respectively;  Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Digest, 1968, Rank – seventh, (his ranking is based on victories in the Sunnehanna Tournament of Champions as well as the Tennessee State Open and his third place finish in the Southern Amateur); Tennessee Amateur Champion, 1966; Sunnehanna Amateur ~ Tournament of Champions, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1965 & 1968, (Bobby set tournament record of 269 total,  and current course record of 63 in second round in 1965); Tennessee Open Champion, 1968; Rhode Island Open Champion, 1970.

      Bobby turned pro in 1969 and there are several stories about the various tournaments in which he played. The upcoming articles will include the different courses, as well as the well known golf pros that Bobby has been matched with throughout his career. 

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Career Profile of Bobby Greenwood


North Texas State University (now University of North Texas-UNT), Denton, Texas,  B.A. Business Administration, 1964.
Athletic Hall of Fame, Inductee, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2002.

Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia, 1957. (Postgraduate)
Received Horton Society (Honor) Award at graduation.



1998 – Present: 

Golf Course Architect ~ Bobby Greenwood & Associates, Inc.

President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deltona, Florida.


Design Coordinator ~ Golden Bear International (Nicklaus Design), North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena Japan.


Golf Course Architect ~ Bobby Greenwood & Associates, Inc.
President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deltona, Florida.
Golf Architect ~ The Fairways on Spencer Creek Golf Club, Franklin, Tennessee.


Director of Golf Operations ~ Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, Florida. (36-hole resort with 1,650 members; and Home of Senior PGA Tour event).


President ~ Greenwood, Frazee & Associates, Brentwood, TN. (Golf Course Design & Planning Services).


Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Tennessee’s First Golf Publication (1/3 ownership).  


Golf School Coordinator ~ Master’s School of Golf. (Partnership with Dave Ragan & Jack Wall).


Golf Director ~ Benchcraft Golf Co., 1921 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee.       (Golf schools, clinics and exhibitions).


Golf Course Architect ~ Greenwood, Tucker & Associates (Designed and supervised construction of Dorchester Golf Course – Permanent Home of TN Open for 8 years).


Director of Golf ~ Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
(Home of Tournament Players Championship).


Contract Consultant ~ Planned Recreation Consultants, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida.


P.G.A. Tour ~ Player 



 NCAA All-America ~ First Team, 1963.
NCAA All-America ~ Second Team, 1962.
NCAA All-America ~ Honorable Mention, 1961.

North Texas State University, Denton, Texas,
University of  North Texas-UNT).

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

Qualified & played in Four USGA Amateurs.

Qualified and played in Two U.S. Opens.

Texas Cup Team (Ten member team), 1964. Defeated Byron Nelson in single match.

Tennessee Cup Team, 1968, 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000.

Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Magazine, Twice.
Ranked 6th and 8th 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 theT
ennessee State Open & his  finished third in the Southern Amateur.

Sunnehanna Amateur ~ Tournament of Champions, 1965, 1968. Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Tournament record of 269 set in 1965 and current course record of 63 set in second round in 1965).

Rhode Island Open Champion, 1970.

Tennessee Open Champion, 1968.

Tennessee Amateur Champion, 1966.

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

Attended 1969 PGA Tour Qualifying School, 1969.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Tied Johnny Miller for 3rd).

PGA Tour Player for 7 years, 1969-1975.

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

Winner of over 150 Amateur and Pro Tournaments in playing career.

PGA Member – Class A, 1971.

Tennessee Senior PGA Champion, 1991, 1992, 1994.

Tennessee PGA Section Championship, 1999.
7th place (72-72-70)

Tri-Cities Fall Pro-Am, Senior Champion (75-70=145) Bristol, Virginia.

Course Record: Southern Amateur Championship, 1968.
Score: 64 (-8 par), Lost Tree Golf Club,
North Palm Beach, Florida (Jack Nicklaus Home Course).



 Christian Partners, Inc., Board of  Directors

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Upper Cumberland FCA Advisory Board Member, 2006.

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

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

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

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 and Order of the Arrow Award).

Boy Scouts of America ~ Unit Commissioner, Middle Tennessee Council (1999-Present)

Cookeville Rescue Mission, Board of Directors (1982-Present)

Lettermen Association, UNT – Member, Denton, Texas.

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

Optimists Club (VP & Board of Directors).

Gideons International ~Vice-President, Cookeville, Tennessee (2002-2004).

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

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

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

 National Eagle Scout Association (Executive Committee Member).

Mason, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons Of Tennessee.Shriner, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Al Menah Temple of Nashville, Tennessee. 



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) Graduated: Service Maintenance School, E-Z Golf Car Division, (November 1976, Atlanta, Georgia).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.
Principal-In-Charge ~ Designed and supervised construction of second 18-hole golf course for Fairfield Glade, Inc. ~ Dorchester Country Club (Home of Tennessee Open).

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 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.  



        Upon arrival at Sawgrass Country Club in 1977, Bobby Greenwood instituted systems and reforms which resulted in an increase in revenue of $71,000.00 from merchandise sales in the pro shop. In addition, his responsibilities included that of being Host Professional for the first and second Tournament Players Championship held at Sawgrass. This included many diverse activities including PGA Tour and media responsibilities.

        Additional accomplishments during this period included:           

            ~ TV Golf Clinics for Channel 17, Jacksonville, Florida
            ~ Instructional Panel,
Florida PGA Jr. Golf Academy
            ~ Gator Bowl Executive Committee
            ~ Hillier Cup Team – Member (1977)

        In 1980, Greenwood completed the design of the Dorchester Golf Course for Fairfield Glade Resort and supervised the construction in the field. Dorchester was selected by the Tennessee Golf Association as the permanent Home of the Tennessee Open Golf Championship for eight years. He also served as Golf Director for Benchcraft Golf Company where they conducted the Master’s School of
Golf with Dave Ragan and Jack Wall.       

        In 1987, Greenwood co-founded Tennessee’s first Golf Publication where he served as Editor-In-Chief. He was one-third owner of this newspaper.       

        In 1989, Greenwood was contacted by Suntree Country Club requesting that he supervise their entire golf operations through their busy winter season because of the sudden illness of their Director of Golf. Suntree is a 36-hole complex with 1,650 members and home of the oldest tournament on the Senior PGA Tour.   

        While in Florida, he established Bobby Greenwood & Associates, Inc. and formed an association with the Clifton, Ezell & Clifton Golf Course Design Group located in Deltona, Florida.

        In 1994, Greenwood designed and supervised the construction of The Fairways on Spencer Creek Golf Club in Franklin, Tennessee.

        In 1997, he was Design Coordinator for Golden Bear International. Greenwood worked for Jack Nicklaus in their main offices in North Palm Beach, Florida and finally went to Ena, Japan to supervise the construction of New Augusta Golf Club, the most expensive course ever built by Golden Bear at a cost of twenty-two million U.S. dollars.

        Back in the ol’ U.S., Greenwood continued golf course design and playing golf once again as a Super Senior! 

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Bobby Greenwood in Books

Greenwood’s Legacy Chronicled ~ Herald-Citizen

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I.  “MY 55 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR GOLF SCORE” by Jack Nicklaus, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY,1964, page 104. 

*The great Jack Nicklaus writes about his last defeat as an amateur. Match played in Memphis nine months before he won his first U.S. Open.

II.  “MY STORY”, by Jack Nicklaus, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1997, page 53. 

*The famous match in the Colonial Amateur; Greenwood made eagle on 18 to get even and made birdie on the first hole of sudden death hole to win.   

III. “THE HISTORY OF TENNESSEE GOLF: 1894-2001” by Gene Pearce, Hillsboro Press, Franklin, TN, 2002, pages 10, 21-22, 28, 77, 174, 199, 257-58, 270-73, 284-85, 308-9, 330, 347-48, 352, 375, 381, 399-401, 21, 271.   

*Greenwood wins over 100 tournaments in Tennessee before he turns pro and plays seven years on the PGA Tour. 

IV. “SOUTHERN GOLF ASSOCIATION, THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS” by Gene Pearce. Printed in Canada by Friesens, Altona, Manitoba, 2004, pages 140, 142. 

*Bobby Greenwood shoots course record ~ 8 under par ~ ’64’ at Lost Tree Golf Club… home course of Jack Nicklaus. The record still stands… tied by Calvin Peete. 

V.  “THE HISTORY OF SUNNEHANNA COUNTRY CLUB AND THE SUNNEHANNA AMATEUR” by John Yerger III, Smith Lithographic Corporation, Rockville, MA, 2004, pages 95-96, 99

*Bobby Greenwood won the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament of Champions twice in 1965 and 1968. In 1965, he shot the second round 18-hole Course Record of 63 and the 72 holes Tournament Record of 269. And 39 years later, still a course record holder.

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Former PGA Tour Player

Three-Time NCAA-All American

Three-Time Hall of Fame Inductee



 Bobby Greenwood of Tennessee, played the PGA Tour for seven years, 1969 through 1975. Prior to his professional career, he was twice ranked in the Top Ten Amateurs in the U.S. by Golf Magazine & Golf Digest. A Three-Time NCAA-All American at North Texas State University , he was inducted into University of North Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Bobby is now a golf  course architect out of his hometown, Cookeville, Tennessee.



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