Tommy Aaron: One of Georgias Best
Tommy Aaron: One of Georgias Best: A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Tommy Aaron started his career in golf in high school. His first success was getting a spot in the quarterfinals of the 1954 U.S. National Junior Championship. A year later, he got first place in the junior championship and won his very first Georgia Open. In the following years, 1957 and 1958, he got the championship titles for the University of Florida. In the same year, he also got the runner-up position in the U.S. Amateur. Collegiate Career: In his college years, he was able to get a lot of titles, making him one of the best amateur golfers in his time. In 1957, he got his first collegiate success by winning the Georgia Amateur. The next years, he won the Southeastern Amateur, the SEC Championship, and Sunnehanna Amateur. In 1960, he won the Southeastern Amateur, Georgia Amateur and Western Amateur titles.
PGA Tour: After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in business and administration, Tommy Aaron joined the PGA Tour in 1960. His first years in the PGA Tour were not very successful until getting his first playoff appearance in 1963, the Memphis Open. In the same year, he also appeared in the playoffs in the Cleveland Open, losing both playoffs to Tony Lema and Arnold Palmer. Tommy Aaron got his first victory in the PGA in 1969, with a pulsating 2-stroke victory by virtue of a playoff. His next PGA Tour playoff appearance came in 1972, the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open and Greater Greensboro Open, only losing to George Archer and Dave Hill. His major championship win came a year later in the 1973 Masters Tournament.
Notable Accomplishments: Aaron attended 410 golf tournaments, winning only 3 major titles throughout his career. His average score is 72.53, and total earnings of $568,600.43. His best year was in 1973, when he got his very first PGA Tour title and 4 top finishes – earning him the sum of $60,488.77 His PGA Tour wins included the Canadian Open in 1969, the Atlanta Classic in 1970, the Masters Tournament in 1973, and the Kaanapali Classic (a Senior PGA Tour event) in 1992. Throughout his career, his best year (financially speaking), was in 1972, after finishing 9th on the money list. He won more than $100,000, which was also the last time he got a big hit. He’s remembered these days for his upset match together with playing partner Roberto De Vicenzo in the 1968 Masters Tournament. Both of them lost the game because of a misunderstanding with the scoring record, a par 4 that should’ve been a birdie 3 for the hole. In 1980, Tommy Aaron was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Nine years later, he got inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.