David "Spec" Goldman


David “Spec” Goldman won his first tournament in 1927, as the representative of Dallas’ Oak Grove GC in the city’s Publinx Championship. He defeated Texas Golf Hall of Famers –to–be Gus Moreland, who finished second, by seven shots, and Ralph Guldahl by an even wider margin. Moreland was the Stevens Park rep and Guldahl carried the Tension Park banner. When Goldman won the Brookhaven Seniors title in Dallas he became a champion in each of seven decades from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. In addition, Spec won three Super seniors events (for players 65-and-up), the last in 1979.

During a remarkable career, Spec competed in Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland and France, but he counts winning the 1955 Texas Amateur Championship as his favorite because he was an “old man” competing again the “flat bellies.” Coincidentally, one of those flat bellies, David Goldman Jr., succeeded his father as champion in 1956. Goldman played on two World Seniors Teams; one in 1967 and one in 1969-the same year he won the Western Seniors Amateur title.

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: May 31, 1909

Died: December 15, 2001