Winning the 1971 Masters and gaining a berth on the Ryder Cup Team had to be the highlight of Charles Coody’s career. The tall Texan continued his winning ways on the Senior PGA Tour. In fact, he more than doubled his career earnings after joining the fifty-something set in 1987. Coody was always a solid player. The same year he won the Master he also captured the World Series of Golf. He also won twice in Great Britain in 1973, the Willis Open in England and the John Player Classic in Scotland.
Texans are well aware of Coody’s exploits as an amateur since he reached the semifinals in the U.S. Amateur in 1962 and won his first spot in the Masters Tournament. On the Senior Tour, Coody won the 1989 General Tire Las Vegas Classic and the Vantage Championship in 1990. For years, Coody had 100 percent attendance in the tournaments on the Texas circuit. The Houston Golf Association honored him for his loyalty in 1976. Coody’s son, Kyle, was a highly sought schoolboy golfer who chose Texas over his daddy’s alma mater and became a Longhorn standout.
Birthplace: Stamford, Texas
Born: July 13, 1937