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Charlie Epps is a PGA Professional in Cypress, TX.
Charlie Epps has been a fixture in the Houston golf scene since 1973, when he became head professional at Houston CC. When he's not out on tour overlooking the swing of two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Epps can be found at Redstone GC, site of the Shell Houston Open, where he's director of golf.
Much of Epps' energy as an instructor has focused on developing young players. Before the 2006 passing of Dick Harmon, his close friend and fellow instructor, the pair provided a wide range of opportunities for juniors. Epps founded the Yellowstone Academy Foundation Golf Tournament to raise money to help Houston's inner-city youngsters gain access to golf. He also helps organize the Dick Harmon Memorial Invitational and a number of other charity events.
David Price is a PGA Professional in Dallas, TX.
David developed his golf game on the golf teams for Odessa Permian High School and later for the University of Texas, where his golf team won back to back national championships in 1971-1972. That team was led by well-known players, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. Following graduation, his coach and great mentor, George Hannon, encouraged him to pursue a career as a golf professional. Graduating with a degree in Finance in 1972, he began his professional career as an Assistant Professional at Houston Country Club. David vividly remembers charging $5.00 for his first golf lesson and then having to share half of it with the head professional as part of their agreement. However, at that moment, he recognized that his desire to learn more about the golf swing and the game he loved would lead him on a life long career in the business of golf.
On March 22, 1985 David began his term as the Head Golf Professional at Bent Tree Country Club. Herecalls that key factors in his selection were his keen knowledge of the handicap system and his pioneering efforts in computerizing handicap scores as well as his experience in conducting PGA Tour events, a necessary requirement with the forthcoming Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am at Bent Tree. A couple of years later, David was invited to be one of 15 PGA Golf Professionals to write the first tournament manual for the PGA with his emphasis being computerized handicapping.
In 1986, the PGA of America, not to be confused with the PGA Tour, invited David to join their Rules Committee. Over the years, David has climbed up the ranks and recently served as the Chairman of the Rules Committee for four years, completing his tenure in December of 2012. He is now serving as an Past Honorary Chair for the Committee. In his capacity, David has officiated in several major events: The Masters, The Ryder Cup, The U. S. Open, The British Open and the PGA Championship. He also conducts rules workshops for and by the PGA of America, and represents the PGA of America on the USGA’s Rules of Golf Committee which is in the process of rewriting the rules book with anticipated completion in 2016.
David was selected to the PGA of America Hall of Fame in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 2000, but the highlight of his career and his proudest moment was in 1995 when he was honored as the Golf Professional of the Year by the PGA of America. In 2012, he was equally proud to be nominated and inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, in his home state and where he began his career. David has worked with and mentored a large number of golf enthusiasts who have aspired to grow and prosper as golf professionals. He is proud to have guided 21 of his assistants to become Head Golf Professionals and one who became the women's golf coach at the University of Texas.
David says that the greatest joy in life has been the family which he and his wife of 42 years, Dale Ann, continue to raise – Brian, Aaron, Christopher, Kevin, Paige and McKenzie! Yes, six kids ranging from 22 to 34 years of age. David closely cherishes his family and has enjoyed many great sport related activities with all of them.
John Grace is a veteran of more than 40 USGA national championships, a former Walker Cup member and winner of multiple Texas Amateur titles.
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
Born: April 16, 1948
He attended Lake Highlands High School and graduated in 1990. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was the individual NCAA champion in 1994. He won the 1992U.S. Amateur and was a two-time All-American in 1993 and 1994. He won the Haskins Award in 1994 as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. That same year Leonard became only the fourth golfer to go directly from college to the PGA Tour without going through Q School, after Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, and Phil Mickelson.
Leonard's wins on the PGA Tour included one of golf's four majors, the 1997 Open Championship, as well as the 1998 Players Championship. He ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 24 weeks in 1998 and 1999. Leonard also had opportunities to win other major championships, notably at the 1999 Open Championship and the 2004 PGA Championship; in both instances he fell into a playoff with a bogey on the 72nd hole.
At the 1997 PGA Championship, Leonard was tied with Davis Love III for the 54-hole lead. Love shot a final round 66 to win by five shots over Leonard, who finished solo second. Leonard was ahead by three shots at the 54-hole mark of the 2002 PGA Championship before shooting a final round 77 and finishing tied for fourth.
Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1999, and 2008. In the 1999 event, Leonard made a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a remarkable comeback by the U.S. team on the final day. The victory was somewhat marred by the celebration following Leonard's putt, when other U.S. players, their wives, and a few fans ran onto the green even though Leonard's opponent, José María Olazábal, still had an opportunity to match Leonard on the hole.
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Born: June 15, 1972
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Early in his career as a lawyer, Robert Dedman, Sr, developed a passion for golf. He invested in his first golf course in a suburb of Dallas, Texas in 1957 and that was the genesis of his huge golf resort empire - ClubCorp. By the time of his death in 2002 ClubCorp was a leading operator of golf clubs with over 200 resorts in its portfolio.
Robert Dedman, Jr. sold ClubCorp in 2006, but retained Pinehurst Golf, which he has since transformed into a multi-sport resort that hosted the US Open Golf Championships.
The Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law, Dedman College and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports are named in honor of Robert Dedman, Sr.
Birthplace: Rison, Arkansas
Sam M. Goldfarb Sr, was one of about a half-dozen businessmen to form the San Antonio Golf Association, SAGA, now Golf San Antonio, in 1938 with the main purpose of bringing back the then defunct Texas Open. He was was longtime president of the San Antonio Golf Association in the 1940's and 50's when the Texas Open was played at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas.
He helped by bringing Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as special guests in the early 1940’s.
Sam was involved with pro golf, amateur golf and junior golf here for more than 50 years, leading to his induction into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.