Although Fleckman spent 13 years on the PGA Tour, he is best remembered for a brilliant amateur career. He played on the three NCAA championship teams a the University of Houston and won the individual title at Knoxville (TN) in 1965 with a record-setting two day total 135. The title secured a berth on the Walker Cup Team in 1967, which in turn exempted Fleckman from first round qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Upon returning from England, Marty sailed through the second qualifying round and entered the Open at Baltusrol (NJ). The Texan took the first-round lead and was again leader in the third round ahead of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. A poor final round burst the Golden Triangle native’s bubble; however, Fleckman again captured attention when he won his first tournament (Cajun Classic) as a pro.
In 1968, Fleckman finished two shots back of tournament winner Julius Boros in the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley C.C. in San Antonio. Marty was named All-American in 1965 and won medalist honors at the 1966 Western Amateur. He was a teaching pro at Meyer Park G.C. in Houston and a consultant in the design of golf clubs for Players Group.
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas
Born: April 23, 1944