Bobby Greenwood in BOOKS
I. “MY 55 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR GOLF SCORE” by Jack Nicklaus, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY,1964, page 104. The great Jack Nicklaus writes about his last defeat as an amateur. Match played in Memphis nine months before he won his first U.S. Open.
“When Greenwood eagled the 18th and birdied the first extra hole I was beaten.” ~ Jack Nicklaus
II. “MY STORY” by Jack Nicklaus, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1997, page 53. The famous match in the Colonial Amateur; Greenwood made eagle on 18 to get even and made birdie on the first hole of sudden death hole to win.
III. “THE HISTORY OF TENNESSEE GOLF: 1894-2001” by Gene Pearce, Hillsboro Press, Franklin, TN, 2002, pages 10, 21-22, 28, 77, 174, 199, 257-58, 270-73, 284-85, 308-9, 330, 347-48, 352, 375, 381, 399-401, 21, 271. Greenwood wins over 100 tournaments in Tennessee before he turns pro and plays seven years on the PGA Tour.
“… in the 1960s there was no better amateur player in Tennessee and he was one of the best amateurs in America. During the 1960s, he earned All-America honors at North Texas University and was ranked among the national’s Top 10 amateurs by Golf Magazine twice.” ~ Gene Pearce, page 270.
IV. “SOUTHERN GOLF ASSOCIATION, THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS” by Gene Pearce. Printed in Canada by Friesens, Altona, Manitoba, 2004, pages 140, 142. Bobby Greenwood shoots course record ~ 8 under par ~ ’64’ at Lost Tree Golf Club… home course of Jack Nicklaus. The record still stands… tied by Calvin Peete.
“Greenwood’s second round 64 at Lost Tree set a single-round record for the tournament that still stands. The previous course record was held jointly by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, a club member. Greenwood’s 64 was later tied by Calvin Peete during the annual Lost Tree Pro-Am.” ~ Gene Pearce, page 140.
V. “THE HISTORY OF SUNNEHANNA COUNTRY CLUB AND THE SUNNEHANNA AMATEUR” by John Yerger III, Smith Lithographic Corporation, Rockville, MA, 2004, pages 95-96, 99. Bobby Greenwood won the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament of Champions twice in 1965 and 1968. In 1965, he shot the second round 18-hole Course Record of 63 and the 72 holes Tournament Record of 269. And 39 years later, still a course record holder.
“During the final round (TV) viewers and spectators watched Bobby Greenwood continue his scintillating play firing a final round of 66. The North Texas State All-American’s four-round total of 269 shattered Gene Dahlbender’s 72-hole total set in 1960 by four strokes.” ~ John Yerger III, page 96. (1965 Win)
“A testament to Greenwood…fine play was that only three other players managed to equal or break par. ~ John Yerger, III, page 96. (1965 Win)
“The Cookeville, Tennessee native birdied three of the final five holes to win the tournament. With his dramatic putt on the final hole, Bobby Greenwood joined Gene Dahlbender and Bill Hyndman as two-time champions of the Tournament of Champions.” ~ John Yerger, III, page 99. (1968 Win)
Related Link: Sunnehanna “Tournament of Champions” Page of Fame