Dick Forester

Dick Forester was Texas Section (PGA) president in 1955 and 1956 and Texas Section Pro of the Year in 1956. He was Vice President of the PGA of America from 1962 to 1964 and Secretary of the Southern Texas PGA in 1968 and 1969. President of the Southern Texas PGA in 1970 and 1971. Vice President of National PGA from 1974 to 1976. All-American Hall of Fame in 1973. Century Senior of the Year in 1978. Southern Texas PGA created an award in his name, the Dick Forester Quarter Century Award.

Dick, a club pro in the Detroit area, came to Texas in 1944 at the invitation of Jimmy Demaret, who had joined the U.S. Navy and was on a leave of absence from River Oaks Country Club. Dick, them 29, was the interim pro there. He had been declared unsuitable for military service because of a bad knee, a memento of his football-playing days at Purdue. Forester liked Texas, so he jumped at the opportunity to replace Willie Maguire as the head pro at Houston Country Club, where he served for 22 years. In 1969, he opened Bear Creek Golf World and remained there until 1980.

Forester was a basketball official for 25 years, including eight years in the Southwest and Lone Star Conferences.


Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan

Born: February 1, 1915

Died: March 4, 2002