James E. "Buddy" Cook is a nationally known golf professional with over forty years of experience in the golf industry.
• Invited by Joe Black to help reconstitute the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and served as Chairman, 2009 to 2015.
• Named the 1999 STPGA Golf Professional of Year.
• Trained over 24 golf professional apprentices to include; Warren Chancellor, Randy Smith, Cary Collins, Billy Harmon and Donny Cude.
• Notable golf students include; Tom Landry, George Strait, Martina Navratilova, Mario Andretti, Catherine Crosby and junior Justin Leonard.
• Director of Golf, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, California, 1988 to 1991.
o Earned Golf Shop Operations “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”.
• Director of Golf, The Dominion Country Club, San Antonio, 1984-1988.
o Listed three years in the Golf Shop Operation’s “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”
• Developed, managed and served as Director of Golf at La Cantera Golf Club, San Antonio. 1991-1997.
o Voted the best new daily fee course by Golf Digest in 1995.
• Co-owner and Director of Golf at Briggs Ranch Golf Club and The Golf Club of Texas, San Antonio, 2000 to 2007.
• Director of Golf, Indian Springs Country Club, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 1982 to 1983.
• Head Professional, Royal Oaks Country Club, Dallas, 1976 to 1981.
• Head Professional, Tulsa Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1974 to 1976.
• Assistant Professional, Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, 1969 to 1972.
o Trained under Head Professional Hardy Loudermilk.
• Teaching Professional, Houston Country Club, Houston.
• Tournament Director – The Dominion Invitational, a Senior PGA Tour Event, San Antonio, Texas.
• Tournament Director – PGA Senior/Champions Tour Event, San Antonio, 2000 to 2005.
• Served as a subject matter expert in the development of the new PGA Golf Professional Training Program.
• Selected by the National PGA Education Faculty to teach an advanced tournament management and promotion seminar.
• Instructor at PGA Business Schools I & II.
Birthplace: Odessa, Texas
Born: April 17, 1946