Cookeville golf pro named to state Hall of Fame

CROSSVILLE CHRONICLE  

Published: September 19, 2007 11:37 am, CROSSVILLE, TN

Cookeville golf pro named to state Hall of Fame

 

Long-time professional golfer Bobby Greenwood of Cookeville was inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 5 at Holston Country Club in Knoxville.


“It’s overwhelming. I’m speechless,” Greenwood said to the Herald-Citizen. “The biggest honor is to be inducted with Joe Campbell. I’ll take it. God is great. I’m speechless.”
His long-time friend Bobby Nichols, who is the golf coach at Tennessee Tech, introduced Greenwood, who will also be inducted into the Riverside Military Academy’s All-Sports Hall of Fame later this year. This will be his third hall of fame induction.

“We have been friends for many years and we grew up together,” remarked Nichols. “I’ve watched his game progress through the years. I know what king of player he was back then and how good he was. He is a great man. He’s done all the things you need to do to be in the hall of fame. It is a great honor for him to receive this award and a great honor for me to present it to him.

“I’ve learned so much from him. I think it’s good for someone from Cookeville to be inducted into the golf hall of fame. It’s a great honor,” added Nichols.

“It’s overwhelming. The most important thing to me are people and people who came from El Paso, TX and Melbourne, FL and from South Carolina to be here. It was so moving. I had a great speech all ready and I got so tore up I couldn’t say too much. It tugs at your heart-strings. One time I was about ready to cry and I thought ‘This can’t happen,'” added Greenwood.

Bobby Greenwood was introduced to golf at Cookeville Country Club at the age of twelve. During the 1960s there was no better amateur player in Tennessee. Greenwood won the 1966 State Amateur and the 1968 State Open, becoming the third of eight golfers in history to accomplish this double.

Greenwood became one of seven players to win the Sunnehanna Amateur multiple times, winning the event in 1965 and 1968, setting the course record in 1965 with a 72-hole record of 269 and course record 63 in the second round. Golf Magazine ranked him among the nation’s Top 10 amateurs twice. A three-time NCAA All-American at North Texas State University, Bobby was selected to play on the 10-man Texas Cup Team in 1964. Bobby was inducted into the UNT Hall of Fame in 2002.

He qualified for the PGA Tour in 1969, tying Johnny Miller for third place, and played the PGA Tour for seven years, from 1969 through 1975. He made seventy-two cuts, six top 10 finishes and 15 Top 25s while also winning the 1970 Rhode Island Open while on the Tour.

After leaving the Tour, Greenwood served as director of golf at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and was the Host pro for two Tournament Players Championships at Sawgrass; a design coordinator for Golden Bear International; president of his own golf course architectural firm and the designer of the Dorchester course at Fairfield Glade; editor-in-chief of one of Tennessee’s first golf publications, “The Nifty Knicker,” and a partner in a golf school operation and a discount golf shop in Nashville. Greenwood won over 150 tournaments in his career.
 

Editor’s note: Buddy Pearson, managing editor of the Herald-Citizen, contributed to this story.

Source: Crossville Chronicle

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Photos


Bobby Greenwood, left, is introduced at the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame ceremonies by Bobby Nichols.


Bobby Greenwood, left, is joined by fellow Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame inductee Joe Campbell.

Published in: on September 29, 2007 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Excerpt from Robinson Open Article (PGA Tour)

Published: August 11, 2007 11:49 pm        

Rub of the Green: Memories of Robinson Open are not forgotten

By Bob Arnett
Tribune-Star Correspondent

When the tournament proper began it was ’71 champ, Labron Harris, out in front along with David Graham and 23-year-old Tom Kite, all with 66’s. As the halfway cut came at 143, five pros were in a logjam that included: Bobby Greenwood, Grier Jones, Dean Beman, Babe Hiskey and Charles Coody. By the end of the third round, co-leaders were Beman, Dick Rhyan and Charles Courtney with 204 totals. A young Andy North was two shots back.

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Source: TribStar.com

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TN Golf Hall of Fame – Schedule of Events

TPGA Section Championship
Sep 5 – Sep 7, 2007
Holston Hills CC

Sep 5   6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hall of Fame Dinner 
Dinner will be held in the main ball room starting at 6 PM. Hall of Fame inducties include Bobby Greenwood, PGA and Joe Campbell, PGA.  Bruce Pearl Head Basketball Coach of the University of Tennessee will be the special guest speaker of the night.

Source: TNPGA

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Excerpt from WBIR.com – TN Golf Hall of Fame

Knoxvillians share TPGA Section Championship lead

Steve Phillips, Sports Director  

Last Updated: 9/5/2007 7:05:02 PM

In addition to the Championship’s activities, the Tennessee Golf Foundation is inducting two PGA Members into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame during the annual dinner being hosted by HHCC. Bobby Greenwood, PGA and Joe Campbell, PGA are the inductees of the 2007 class.

Source: http://www.wbir.com/printfullstory.aspx?storyid=48797

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Greenwood Inducted Into Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame

by Buddy Pearson
Herald-Citizen Managing Editor
 

KNOXVILLE — There aren’t many things in life that make Bobby Greenwood speechless. Getting inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame however, is one of them.
In front of family, friends and several of his peers, Greenwood earned his place among Tennessee’s golfing greats on Wednesday night when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Holston Hills Country Club.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Greenwood. “I’m speechless.”

While Greenwood was overwhelmed and at times speechless, his longtime friend and golfing partner Bobby Nichols wasn’t. Nichols gave a lengthy, heart-felt introduction speech before presenting Greenwood with his plaque.

“We have been friends for many years and we grew up together,” remarked Nichols. “I’ve watched his game progress through the years. I know what kind of player he was back then and how good he was. He is a great man. He’s done all the things you need to do to be in the hall of fame. It is a great honor for him to receive this award and a great honor for me to present it to him.”

Greenwood, who was inducted alongside Joe Campbell, is one of 30 members of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. He joins a distinguished group which includes Lou Graham, Waxo Green, Cary Middlecoff, Lew Oehmig, Curtis Person, Sr., Betty Probasco, Mason Rudolph, Gibby Gilbert, Jack Lupton, Hillman Robbins, Judy Eller Street, Ted Rhodes, Harold Eller, Sarah Ingram, Don Malarkey, Pat Abbott, Ed Brantly, Polly Boyd, Emmett Spicer, Marguerite Gaut, Margaret Gunther Lee, Katherine Graham, Harry “Cotton” Berrier, Vince Gill, David Stone, Lauren Roberts, Connie Day and Ann Baker Furrow.

“The biggest honor is to be inducted with Joe Campbell,” said Greenwood. “I’ll take it. God is good. I’m speechless.”

After being introduced to golf at the Cookeville Country Club at the age of 12, Greenwood’s amateur career took off like a rocket. During the 1960s, he dominated amateur play in the state of Tennessee, winning the 1966 State Amateur and the 1968 State Open, becoming just the third of eight golfers to accomplish the feat. He was one of just seven golfers to ever win the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur twice and was ranked by Golf Magazine among the nation’s Top 10 amateurs on two occasions.

Greenwood began a glorious collegiate career at Tennessee Tech, finishing as the Ohio Valley Conference runner-up as a freshman. After transferring to North Texas State, he was a three-time All-American while finishing second in three consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

After turning pro in 1969, he made the cut in seventy-two PGA events, finishing in the Top 10 six times and in the Top 25 in 15 different tournaments.

“I’ve learned so much from him,” said Nichols. “I think it’s a good for someone from Cookeville to be inducted into the golf hall of fame. It’s a great honor.”

One of Greenwood’s most notable golfing accomplishments came at Colonial Country Club in Memphis where he beat Jack Nicklaus in match play. Nicklaus wrote about the match in a book and Greenwood included the victory in his acceptance speech.

“I don’t get to talk much about that,” Greenwood said to the audience.

Greenwood’s acceptance speech also included a joke as well as a prayer. He said there were too many people to thank as he appeared to be deeply moved by the standing ovation he received when introduced by Nichols.

“It’s overwhelming,” Greenwood told the Herald-Citizen. “The most important thing to me is people and people came from El Paso, Texas and Melbourne, Florida and from South Carolina to be here. It was so moving. I had a great speech all ready and I got so tore up I couldn’t say too much. It tugs at your heart-strings. One time I was about ready to cry and I thought, ‘This can’t happen.'”

Greenwood’s former caddie Jim Bass attended the ceremony even though he and Greenwood hadn’t seen each other since 1975.

“He’s the one who got me into this crazy caddie business,” said Bass, who met Greenwood in March of 1970. “I was real pleased to get the invitation to come up here. There’s not a better person than Bobby. He’s a far better person than a golfer and that’s saying a lot.”

Published September 06, 2007 12:12 PM CDT

Source: http://www.herald-citizen.com/NF/omf.wnm/herald/archive_display.html?[rkey=0046049+[cr=gdn

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Missouri Valley Conference Golf Championship

Results from the Missouri Valley Conference: MEN’S GOLF

Per Mike Kern, [Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf, Championship Administration, Email dated 9/4/2007]: Bobby Greenwood – “3-straight runner-up finishes at the league championship (1961-62-63).”

1961 – Tulsa, Okla. (Rolling Hills CC)
1. Ralph Baker (Tulsa) – 74-74-77=225
2. Bobby Greenwood – 72-78-79=227
Team Champ:  North Texas

1962 – Peoria, Ill.
1. John Stevens (Wichita) – 70-68-74=212
2. Bobby Greenwood – 75-69-68=212 (lost on the first hole of a playoff to Stevens)
Team Champ:  North Texas

1963 – Peoria, Ill.
1. Jim Ferriell (Louisville) – 74-77-68=219
2. Bobby Greenwood – 76-70-74=220
Team Champ:  North Texas

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