Congratulations to Mr. Bob Dickson, USGA & British Amateur Champion of 1967, for his Victory in the North Florida Section PGA Senior Match Play Championship. He defeated Mike Smith, PGA, in an exciting 3&2 Final. He capped off the Finals match by holing a long “Texas Black Hawk” Putt from off the green on the 16th Hole at Rio Pinar. He marched thru the draw with 3&2, 4&3, 1up, and 3&2 wins over his match opponents. Mr. Dickson also had the honor of “Seniority” in the field, at age 69.
Visiting him at Sawgrass CC in Ponte Vedra some time ago, I watched him hit a dozen simply pure fairway wood shots on the driving range, and I can say that there is probably no 69 year old on the planet that hits the ball as crisp. It’s like watching Byron Nelson at work. Like the Great “Lord Byron Nelson”, Mr. Dickson is also a gentleman of the highest order, as all who know him would attest.
Mr. Dickson has been a PGA member for four decades. Besides being one of only four Men to ever win both the USGA & British Amateurs in the same year (along with the outstanding Bobby Jones, Lawson Little, and Harold Hilton, all in the World Golf Hall of Fame), he also won multiple PGA Tour & Champions Tour events, was a key part of Deane Beman’s team that made TPC Sawgrass a reality, and was first Tournament Director for the Ben Hogan Tour.
Winner of the USGA’s prestigious “Bob Jones Award” (awarded in 1968, when he was just 24 years old, I believe the youngest recipient ever). The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. It is named in honor of Bobby Jones. To receive such an honor at only 24 was an early glimpse of the measure of the man that Bob Dickson always has been.
Just as a quirk of fate, Mr. Dickson went thru PGA Business School long ago, with my old boss & mentor, Donald E. Barber, PGA. They comprise two of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever known, and a lot alike. I’m lucky to have known them both, I learned much from Mr. Barber, I’m still learning from Mr. Dickson.