Joe Black is a “doer” with a golfing career that spans four decades. It all began at Lamesa High School, continued at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and three more years on the PGA tour. He became more successful as the Tournament Supervisor on the Tour Staff, where he served an eight-year tenure. His forte was as a rules expert. He was so knowledgeable of the rules of golf, he was a world-wide speaker on the subject and served as chairman o the rules committee at the major tournaments.
Meanwhile, Black made his home in Dallas, where he later became the golf professional at the 54-hole Brookhaven Country Club. He also served as VicePresident of the Club Corporation of America, which owned such prestigious clubs as Brookhaven, Firestone, and Pinehurst at the time. Joe had extracurricular responsibilities as treasure of the Northern Texas PGA in 1969-1970 and president in 1971-1973. He became a national treasurer in 1977 and national president in 1981-1982.
The annual Joe Black Cup matches were started in 1981 by Black’s peers who hold him in such high esteem. The tournament matches the club pros of Southern Texas PGA against their Northern Texas counterparts.Black is a familiar figure at the Masters Tournament, where he was a announcer on the 18th green for many years. Joe and another former PGA President, Mark Kizziar, became partner in club operations and management in the late 1980’s.
Birthplace: Snyder, Texas
Born: August 8, 1933