Current PGA Tour Member First Team All-American 1982-84 1984 Collegiate Golfer of the Year
Perry on Ohio State: “In recalling why I chose Ohio State over the other universities, I found that it was a relatively simple decision. Ohio state has a tremendous tradition in producing great players over the years. This is due in part to the fact that Ohio State has its own golf course and practice facilities. Not only is Ohio State a Big Ten power, but also is consistently ranked high on the national level.
Ohio State has many great assets, the most important being a very dedicated and determined coach in Coach Brown. It also has fine support from its athletic department that permits the team to travel and play the best competition.
In playing golf at Ohio State for four years, you not only will experience competitive golf at the highest level, but also will receive a fine college education. My playing golf for Ohio State was very exciting and fun. It was a privilege and honor.”
Perry by the Numbers: $1,398,302 in career winnings.
Career Highlights: Finished tied for second in both the 1987 Kemper Open and 1990 Cannon Greater Hartford Open, his best-ever finishes . . . Finished in the money in 15 out of 20 tournaments in 1994 . . . Earned Player of the Year honors on the NIKE Tour in 1994
Personal: Resides in Powell, Ohio, just outside of Columbus . . . Is an avid snow skier . . . A 1993 Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
Nicklaus on Ohio State: “Ever since I was a kid growing up, my intention was to go to Ohio State. I had a lot of schools across the country talking to me about playing golf, but I just told them not to bother with it, I was going to Ohio State.
I remember when I won the Big Ten and (Coach) Bob Kepler came to me and said ‘Jack, the only way we’re going to get this team to the NCAA is for you to spread eagle the field.’ We were playing at Indiana, and I won the Big Ten by about 16 shots. We also won the team title by one shot, which allowed us to go to the NCAA.
Ohio State’s got a great golf tradition. Jim Brown’s done a great job, and of course he’s been helped by the facilities. It’s probably as fine a college facility as there is in the country. It’s really nice.”
Nicklaus by the Numbers: 71 PGA Tour Victories, 10 Senior PGA Tour Victories, 14 International Victories, Five Tour related victories, $7,643,300 in Career Winnings.
Career Highlights: Considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the sport . . . Named “Golfer of the Century” in 1988 . . . Was named as Sports Writer’s Athlete of the Decade for the 1970’s, 1978 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and PGA Player of the Year five times (1967, ’72, ’73, ’75, ’76) . . . Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 . . . Was the first PGA tour player to reach $2 million (1973), $3 million (1977), $4 million (1983), and $5 million (1988) in career earnings . . . Shares with Arnold Palmer, the record for most consecutive years with at least one PGA Tour victory with 17 from 1962-78 . . . Made 105 consecutive tournament cuts from 1970 to 1976, second only to Byron Nelson’s 113 . . . Winner of six Masters (1963, ’65, ’66, ’72, ’75, ’86), five PGA Championships (1963, ’71, ’73, ’75, ’80), four U.S. Opens (1962, ’67, ’72, ’80), and three British Opens (1966, ’70, ’78) . . . Became oldest player to win Masters (age 46) in 1986 . . . Led PGA Tour in earnings eight times (1964, ’65, ’67, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’75, ’76) . . . First professional victory came in 1962 at the U.S. Open at Oakmont C.C. where he defeated Arnold Palmer in an 18 hole playoff . . . Outstanding amateur record includes two U.S. Amateur titles in 1959 and 1961 . . . 1961 NCAA Champion while at Ohio State.
Personal: One of golf’s driving forces off the the course . . . Founder and host of the Memorial Tournament . . . One of the world’s leading golf course designers through his company, Golden Bear International, a diversified, international brand name golf products and services company . . . A 1977 Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
What do you remember most about your days at Ohio State?
“Well, ever since I was a kid growing up, my intention was to go to Ohio State. I had a lot of schools across the country talking to me about playing golf, but I just told them not to bother with it, I was going to Ohio State. I never had any problems at Ohio State. I enjoyed it and had a great time.”
What were the highlights of your golf days at Ohio State?
“It wasn’t anything that happened at Ohio State, I suppose. But I won the National Amateur while in school at Ohio State. Anther thrill was when I almost won the (U.S.) Open at Cherry Hills in 1960 when I was still in school at Ohio State. And of course I won the NCAA when I was at Ohio State, too.”
Could you talk about 1961, when you won the NCAA individual title, you were the NCAA medalist and you won the Big Ten individual title? “I do remember when I won the Big Ten and (Coach) Bob Kepler came to me and he said ‘Jack, the only way we’re going to get this team to the NCAA is for you to spread eagle the field,’ And I think we were playing at Indiana and I won the Big Ten by about 16 shots. We also won the team by one shot, which allowed us to go to the NCAA. And there, Mike Podolski and I finished done-two in the medal honors to qualify us for match play and the team title. I ended up playing Mike in the finals of that and I beat him to win the NCAA.
What do you remember most about Bob Kepler, your coach at Ohio State? “Well, Kep was a great guy. Kep really introduced me more to fishing than he did to golf. He was a super guy and we spent a lot of time together. He was not only a good coach, but a heck of a friend.”
Comment, please, on Ohio State’s golf program now, and the job head coach Jim Brown has done in maintaining the OSU golf tradition? “Ohio State’s got a good golf tradition. Jim Brown’s done a good job, and of course he’s helped by the facilities. You’ve got marvelous facilities. It’s probably as fine a college facility as there is in the country. It’s really nice.”
And finally, could you comment on your professional career? “I would just say that I’ve had a long, fun career, and I’m looking forward to a few more years, I hope.”
1979 NCAA Championship Team All-American 1980-81 Six Career Tournament Wins
Sindelar on Ohio State: “My reasons for attending Ohio State were many. I had set forth several criteria I felt necessary for my college choice. These were, number one, a strong competitive golf program from coaching to scheduling. Number two, a fine facility, Ohio State is the best. And number three, a high quality university academically. Ohio State more than fulfilled all these requirements.
I found the quality people that associated themselves with this program in the past and that Coach Brown continued to surround himself with, to be an added bonus. The friendships (Tom Weiskopf, John cook, Chris Perry, etc.) and the memories (1979 NCAA Championship and Big Ten Championship) will be with me forever.
If I had to make the decision again, my choice would remain the same, without question.”
Sindelar by the Numbers: Six PGA Tour Victories, $3,845,626 in career winnings.
Career Highlights: His first PGA Tour victory came at the 1985 Greater Greensboro Open . . . He posted 10 top-10 finishes, including two victories, two seconds, and one third in 1988 . . . $813,732 placed him third on the money list . . . Was a three-time All-American at Ohio State and a member of the 1979 NCAA Championship team.
Personal: A 1992 inductee into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
1979 NCAA Championship All-American 1977-79 U.S. Amateur Champion
Cook on Ohio State: “Growing up in Southern California, one might think that my decision to go to Ohio State was questionable at best. I had played golf in California all my life and felt that, if I wanted to further develop my skills as a golfer, I had to learn to play in all kinds of conditions.
Another reason I chose Ohio State was the choice of golf courses available to the team. With the athletic and scholastic tradition at Ohio State, everything I wanted in a school was there.
Last, but not least, Coach Brown was not just a coach, but a friend who was interested in his players. He was very concerned that everyone reach his potential, not only in golf, but also in academics. His interest and concern was very important to me.”
Cook by the Numbers: Eight PGA Tour Victories, Two International Victories, $5,293,214 in career winnings.
Career Highlights: Finished second in 1992 British Open, tied for second in 1992 PGA Championship, fifth in 1994 U.S. Open, and tied for fourth in 1994 PGA Championship . . . Surpassed $1 million in season earnings in 1992 when he won three times . . . Member of 1979 Ohio State NCAA Championship Team.
Personal: Born in Ohio but grew up in Southern California . . . Persuaded by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf to attend Ohio State . . . Made a cameo appearance in the movie Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner . . . A 1986 Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
Current PGA Tour Member All-American 1987-89 Four Year Letterwinner
Tryba on Ohio State: “I think that the best things about the Ohio State golf program are the great tradition and the fact that it afforded me every opportunity to succeed on and off the golf course. Ohio State has great facilities, a great schedule, great coaching, and is a first class university. If I had to choose a school all over again, I would still choose Ohio State.”
Tryba by the Numbers: One PGA Tour Victory, Three NIKE Tour Victories, $1,008,786 in career winnings.
Career Highlights: Broke through with first PGA Tour title at 1995 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic . . . Tied for second at 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic . . . Played on the NIKE Tour from 1990-92 and won three tournaments . . . One of the busiest players on the Tour in 1996, competing in 36 tournaments . . . Former Pennsylvania State High School Champion.
Personal: Knew that he wanted to be a professional golfer at age seven . . . In an extremely unusual birthday ritual, he would hit plastic golf balls out of his grandfather’s mouth with a plastic club.
1973 British Open Champion Senior PGA Tour Member 22 Career Tournament Wins
Weiskopf on Ohio State: “Unquestionably, the best years of my life were those spent in Columbus, at Ohio State. Those years gave me the confidence to become successful.
The college player needs not only a fine course for practice and play and strong competition, but also a good coach who is capable of bringing out the character and potential in his players. Many Ohio State players had the experience to know and play for Bob Kepler. He has died, but not the tradition he created and passed on to his two successors, the latest one being one of my best friends, Jim Brown.
Compare your options, not just the golf program, but more importantly the academics. Consider the tradition and reputation, and i think you’ll see why so many of us choose to go to Ohio State.”
Weiskopf by the Numbers: 15 PGA Tour Victories, four Senior PGA Tour Victory, 3 International Victories, $2,853,239 in career winnings.
Career Highlights: Joined the PGA Tour in 1965, and the Senior Tour in 1992 . . . Had his best year in 1973 when in an eight week span he won five tournament titles . . . Won the 1973 British Open . . . 1973 South African PGA Tour Champion . . . Won the 1973 World Series of Golf . . . A member of the 1975 and 1975 United States Ryder Cup teams . . . Was the only man ever to post four rounds in the 60s at Congressional C.C. in 1995 to claim the U.S. Senior Open over Buckeye counterpart Jack Nicklaus.
Personal: Born in Massilon, Ohio (11-9-42) . . . Became actively involved in golf course architecture in 1983 and completed 23 courses with Jay Morrish, including Double Eagle Golf Club in Columbus, before starting his own design firm in 1994 . . . Also enjoys hunting and fishing . . . A 1985 Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
Other Buckeyes on the PGA Tour
Bob Afton Alex Antonio Rick Borg Clark Burroughs Craig Kanada Greg Ladehoff Jerry McGee Mike McGee Brian Mogg Tom Nieporte Dick Rhyan Ed Sneed Bruce Soulsby Ray Sovik Larry Stubblefield
By the Numbers, Buckeyes on the Tour
There are 22 former Buckeyes on the PGA Tour.
These golfers have collected more than $25 million in career winnings.
Five have surpassed the $1 million plateau in career earnings.
Former Buckeyes have won 136 professional tournament championships.