Houston Stockbroker John Paul Cain did what every amateur secretly dreams of: he cast fate and the security of a profession to the wind to play the Tour. Cain, at age 52, became a Senior PGA Tour rookie. Actually, Cain managed to split times between the Senior Tour and his other job as a stockbroker.
In 1988, Cain entered the Senior Tour National Qualifying and finished tied for 15th. The following year he became the second player in Seniors history to qualify for an event on Monday and ultimately win the event. His triumphs at the Greater Grand Rapids Open and at the Red Stripe Invitational proved “JP” belonged on the Senior Tour. He shared the “Ironman” title with Rives McBee in 1990 by playing 115 rounds.
Cain was elected to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame for his amateur accomplishments. He played on the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ Border Conference champions in 1955 and 1956, and was a member of Tech’s first Southwest Conference championship team in any sport in 1959. He also won the Texas Amateur Championship in 1959. Later, he built a notable record as a mid-amateur by advancing to finals against Ben Crenshaw in 1973 Trans-Miss. He was also quarter-finalist in 1975 British Amateur, a five-time club champion at Champions and a six-time club champion at Brae-Burn. He has played in five U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Opens. From 1963 to 1967, Cain teamed up with Walter Fondren to win five straight Golfcrest C.C. four-Ball championships.
Birthplace: Hamlin, Texas
Born: January 14, 1936