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Bobby Greenwood, PGA

Former PGA Tour Player | Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame | PGA of America Life Member 

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​​       Bobby Greenwood of Tennessee was a 3-time NCAA All-American at the University of North Texas where he led his team to 3 consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

       In his freshman year at Tennessee Tech University, Bobby Greenwood led his team to the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Conference (TIAC) title, and he was runner-up in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championship.

       After transferring to North Texas State University in the Missouri Valley Conference his sophomore year, Bobby won the South-West Recreation in Ft. Worth, Texas and defeated Jack Nicklaus in the Colonial Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee only nine months before Jack won the 1962 U.S. Open.

       His senior year, Greenwood won the Southern Intercollegiate and was selected as First Team NCAA All-American. That year, Bobby was selected to play on the Texas Cup Team; four years later, he co-founded the Tennessee Cup Team.

       Bobby Greenwood was Co-Medalist in the USGA Amateur in 1964 and was a dominant force in Tennessee golf in the ‘60s; was thrice ranked in the Top 10 amateur golfer in the United States by Golf Magazine & Golf Digest.

       Greenwood won both the Tennessee Open and the Tennessee Amateur Championships as well as four other Tennessee State Championship tournaments.

       After a stellar amateur career which included winning over 150 amateur and pro tournaments, Bobby Greenwood turned pro in 1969 and won his card for the PGA Tour, tied for 3rd place in the qualifying tournament. He played the PGA Tour for 7 years winning the 1970 Rhode Island Open.

       Bobby was inducted into the University North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 2007, and he was inducted as a charter member of the Riverside Military Academy Centennial Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 where he set a school record, hitting 10 home runs in baseball and also was the leading scorer on RMA’s basketball team.

       In 2010, Bobby was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the Tennessee PGA retroactively (2007). Greenwood is now a golf course architect out of his hometown, Cookeville, Tennessee.



• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award
   Golf House of Tennessee, Franklin, TN, 2007.

• Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame
   Holston Hills Country Club, Knoxville, TN, September 5, 2007.

• Riverside Military Academy Centennial Sports Hall of Fame
   Charter Member, Gainesville, GA, October 13, 2007.

• University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame
   Denton, Texas, Nov. 2, 2002.
• PGA President’s Council Award
   PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, Florida, 2005.

• Dick Smith Memorial Award for Outstanding College Golfer
   North Texas State University, Denton, Texas, 1962.


• North Texas State University (now University of North Texas-UNT)
   Denton, Texas, B.A. Business Admin., 1964.
     • Three-time NCAA All-American

• Tennessee Polytechnic Institute-TPI (now Tennessee Technological University)
   Cookeville, Tennessee, Freshman, 1958-1959
     • Member, TPI Athletic “T” Club.
     • Team Winner, Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Conference (TIAC)  Championship, Old Hickory Country Club, TN, 1958.
     • ROTC Best-Drilled Cadet, TPI, 1958.

     • Member, TPI Rebel Rifles Drill Team
     • Walk on TPI Freshman Basketball Team under Coach Johnny Oldham, 1958.
     • Runner-up Finish at Ohio Valley Conference Golf League Championship, 1958. (individual)

• Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia, 1957. (Postgraduate)
     • Received Horton Society (Honor) Award at graduation.
     • Leading scorer, RMA Basketball Team
     • Ten Home Runs, RMA Baseball Team
     • Played #1 on RMA Golf Team

• Cookeville Central High School, Cookeville, Tennessee, 1956. (Graduate)


• President, Bobby Greenwood & Associates Golf Course Design/Land Planning, Cookeville, TN, 1992-Present

• President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deland, Florida, 1998-2008

• Design Coordinator ~ Golden Bear International (Nicklaus Design)
   North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena Japan. 1996-1997
   ($22 million project)

• Designed & Supervised Construction, The Fairways on Spencer Creek/Cheekwood Golf Club, Franklin, TN, 1992-1996

• Director of Golf, Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 1977 and 1978
  (Home of Tournament Players Championship, currently THE PLAYERS),

• Host Professional for the first and second Tournament Players Championship (TPC) held at Sawgrass. This included many diverse activities including PGA Tour Media responsibilities and public relations duties.
   Additional activities at Sawgrass:
    • TV golf clinics for Channel 17, Jacksonville, Florida
    • Gator Bowl Executive Committee
    • Hillier Cup Team – Honored Guest
    • Instructional Panel, Florida PGA and Jr. Golf Academy

• Director of Golf Operations, Suntree Country Club, Melbourne, FL, 1989-1991
   (36-hole resort with 1,650 members; and Home of the Space Coast Classic, Senior PGA Tour event).

• Golf Director ~ Supervised the golf program for Meadow Greens Country Club, Eden, North Carolina, through busy season and hired the new pro for the club.

• President, Greenwood, Frazee & Associates, Brentwood, TN. (Golf Course Design & Planning Services), 1986-1989

• Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Tennessee’s First Golf Publication, “The Nifty Knicker”, Church Street, Nashville, TN (1/3 ownership), 1986-1987

• Golf Director, Benchcraft Golf Co., 1921 Church Street, Nashville, TN 1980-1984   
   (Golf schools, clinics and exhibitions).

• Golf School Coordinator, “Master’s School of Golf”, 1984-1986
  (Partnership with Dave Ragan, PGA Ryder Cup Team member, and  Jack Wall).

• Golf Course Architect, Greenwood, Tucker & Associates, 1978-1980
   Designed and supervised construction of Dorchester Golf Course, Fairfield Glade, TN – Permanent Home of Tennessee Open Championship for 8 years.
• Contract Consultant, Planned Recreation Consultants, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, 1974-1978

• PGA Tour Player, Professional Golfers Association, 1969-1975


•  Life Member, PGA of America

• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award

• Ambassador of Golf, Inaugural Tennessee Senior State Open, 2010-2016

• University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame, 2002
    • NCAA All-America ~ First Team, 1963.
    • NCAA All-America ~ Second Team, 1962.
    • NCAA All-America ~ Honorable Mention, 1961.
      North Texas State University, Denton, Texas (now University of North Texas).

 • 3-Time Runner-up Finishes at Missouri Valley Conference Golf League  Championship, North Texas State University, Denton, TX, 1961, 1962, 1963.

 • Southern Intercollegiate Conference (S.I.C.) Champion & Southeastern  Conference Championship (SEC), Athens, Georgia, 1963.

• All-American Intercollegiate, hosted by University of Houston, Pine Forest  Country Club, Houston, Texas. (Runner-up to Kermit Zarley), 1963. (senior year).

 • Border Olympics Golf Tournament, Laredo, Texas. (Team won, I finished 4th place), 1962.

• Southwest Recreational Intercollegiate Champion, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961.  (sophomore year)

• Colonial Invitational, Colonial Country Club, Memphis, Tennessee. (defeated  Jack Nicklaus, 1 up in 19 holes, sudden death playoff, 9 months before Jack won the U.S. Open), 1961. (sophomore year)

• Runner-up Finish at Ohio Valley Conference Golf League Championship, Tennessee Technological University, 1958. (first of four)

• Co-Medalist USGA Amateur, 1964.
  Canterbury Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

• Qualified & played in Four USGA Amateurs.

• Qualified and played in Two U.S. Opens. (made the cut in both)

• Texas Cup Team (Ten-member team), 1964.
   Defeated Byron Nelson in singles match. (score: 67 to 68)

• Porter Cup Amateur Championships, 1965 & 1966.
   Finished 5th and 7th respectively. Niagara Falls CC, New York.

• Tennessee Cup Team, 1968, 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000.
   Co-Founder, 1968

• Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Magazine, Thrice.
   Ranked 6th, 8th, and 10th respectively.

• Top 10 Amateurs in U.S. by Golf Digest, 1968.
   Ranked 7th. His ranked is based on a victory in the Sunnehanna as well as the  Tennessee State Open and his finished third in the Southern Amateur.

• Sunnehanna Amateur ~ “Tournament of Champions”, 1965 and 1968.
   Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Tournament record of 269 set in 1965 and course record of 63 set in 1965).

• Rhode Island Open Champion, 1970 (while on the PGA Tour).
   Agawam Hunt and Golf Club, Rumford, Rhode Island.

• Tennessee Open Champion, 1968.
   Old Hickory Country, Club, Hermitage, Tennessee.

• Tennessee Amateur Champion, 1966.
   Chickasaw Country Club, Memphis, Tennessee.

• Irvin Cobb Open Championship, Paxton Park Country Club, Paducah, Kentucky
   (Two-time winner).

• “Champions’ Choice” ~ PGA Tour, 1969.
   Rookie voted by past champions invited to play in the Colonial Invitational (NIT), Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

• Qualified to play the PGA Tour at “Q School”.
   Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 1969. 

• PGA Tour Player for 7 years, 1969-1975.
   Retired after playing for seven years because of physical injuries.

• Tournament Players Division – PGA Tour, 1972-1975. (Voting member)

• Winner of over 150 Amateur and Pro Tournaments in playing career!

• PGA Member – Class A since 1971.

• Music City Pro-Celebrity Invitational, Runner-Up, Nashville Golf and Athletic  Club, 1970. (while on PGA Tour)

• Tennessee Senior PGA Champion, 1991, 1992, 1994.

• Course Record: Southern Amateur Championship, 1968.
   Score: 64 (-8 par), Lost Tree Golf Club, North Palm Beach, Florida (Jack Nicklaus Home Course… later tied by Calvin Peete).

 • Played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), 1988-1991.

• Made seventy-two cuts, six Top 10 finishes, and fifteen Top 25s on the PGA Tour. Plus unofficial cuts, finishes and money won; winner of 1970 Rhode Island Open.


• International Coordinator, Balangiga Without Borders (BWB) – Disaster Relief Volunteers Worldwide (USA, Philippines, Worldwide), 2013-Present
    • Assisted in raising funds for Relief Efforts in the Philippines during the deadly and devastating Hurricane Haiyan (locally known as Super Typhoon Haiyan), 2013-2019. 
    • Overseen, coordinated, secured and monitored relief operations
    • Collaborated, coordinated and formed partnerships with International Non-Government Organizations (INGOs)

• Legionnaire, American Legion Post 46, 2016-Present.
   Post Historian, 2018-Present

• Sons of the Confederate Veterans (SCV), 2019-Present.

• Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), 2017-Present.

• First Families of White County, Tennessee
   Ancestors were pioneers and the early settlers of the county.

• First Families of Putnam County, Tennessee
  Ancestors were pioneers and the early settlers of the county.

• Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Alumni, Inc., Board of Directors, Crossville, TN 2010-2011.

• Lion’s Club, Member, Cookeville, TN, 2007-2008.

• Christian Partners, Inc., Board of Directors, Clarksville, TN, 1980-2010.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - Upper Cumberland Advisory Board Member, 2006-2015.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Camps:
     • Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, St. Augustine, Florida, 2006.
     • Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 2005.
     • Head Golf Clinician, FCA Camp, Powell, Wyoming, 2005-2006.
     • Assistant Golf Director, FCA Camp, Crow Valley Golf Club, Davenport, Iowa.

 • International Golf Professional Association ~ Vice-President (1991-1992).

• Boy Scouts of America:
    • Eagle Scout-1954
    • God & Country Award
    • Silver Award
    • Arrow Head Award
    • Commissioner Award
    • Order of the Arrow Award
    •  National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Executive Committee Member, Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Boy Scouts of America ~ Unit Commissioner, Middle Tennessee Council (1999-2009)

• Cookeville Rescue Mission, Board of Directors (1980s-2014)

• Lettermen Association, UNT – Member, Denton, Texas.

• Fellowship of Christian Golfers (Co-Founder & Director).

• Optimists Club, VP & Board of Directors. (Coached Junior Pro Basketball, 1980-1986).

• Gideons International ~Vice-President, Cookeville, TN, 2002-2004.

• First United Methodist Church, Staff Parish ~ Member, 2007-2009.

• First United Methodist Church, Men’s Brotherhood ~ President, 2005-2008.
  Vice-President (2004-2005).

• First United Methodist Church, Backslider Class ~ President, 2006-2007.
  Vice- President (2005-2006).

• First United Methodist Church, Church Council ~ Member (2005-Present).

• Mason, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Tennessee.

• Shriner, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Al Menah Temple of Nashville, TN.

• United States Army, Honorable Discharged

• United States Air Force, Honorable Discharged

• Vietnam Era Veteran


• PGA Tour Player – seven years.

• PGA Business Schools I & II, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

• Co-Founder of Tennessee Cup Matches
   (Selected the entire amateur team – 1968).

• Golf Course Architect Consultant ~ Fairfield Glade, Inc. (1969-1972)

• Principal-In-Charge, designed and supervised construction of second 18-hole golf course for Fairfield Glade, Inc., Dorchester Country Club (Home of Tennessee Open Championship).

• Coached Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball (1979-1984)

• Coached Junior – Pro Basketball (1980-1986)
Winner ~ Boys’ State Championship, 1983
Winner ~ Girls’ State Championship & National Championship, 1986

• Golf Architect ~ Designed and supervised construction of Fairways on Spencer Creek/Cheekwood Golf Club, Franklin, Tennessee, 1994-1996.

• Design Coordinator ~ for Jack Nicklaus in Japan, 1996-1997
  Golden Bear International, North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena, Japan. ($22 million project)

• PGA Hole in One archive at (8 holes in one)
  Port St. Lucie, Florida


• Board of Directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for nine years and has taught at several FCA Sports Camps in the capacity of Head Golf Clinician in charge of golf instruction at camps in South Dakota, Florida, Wyoming and Iowa.

• Taught several PGA golf professionals golf lessons as well as several PGA Tour Players. Several amateur students have received college golf scholarships.

• Coached Little League Baseball and Junior Pro Basketball for eight years.
• won Boy’s State Championship (1983)
• won Girl’s State Championship & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (1986)
• won 4 league titles (baseball)

• Co-Founder Tennessee Cup Matches 1968

• After graduating from UNT, I was selected to play on the Prestigious 10-man Texas Cup Team in 1964.
    • Four years later, I brought the Tennessee Challenge Cup matches to Tennessee in 1968 and was asked to select the entire Amateur Team that inaugural year.

• Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation.
    • Appointed by the late Fred V. Grau who was instrumental in founding the Musser Foundation in 1969 (my rookie year to play the PGA Tour).  
    • Served with Arnold Palmer for seven years as Technical Advisor to the Board.
     • Dr. Fred Grau played a major role in the development and release of several grasses including zoysia, U-3 Bermuda grass as well as Merion bluegrass which are used extensively on golf courses. Dr. Grau served as Executive Director of the USGA Green Section. Today, the Foundation has assets of about $700,000.00 and is dedicated to continue supporting the next generation of leaders.

 • 1987 – Co-founded Tennessee’s first golf publication “The Nifty Knicker” and served as Editor-in-Chief, one-third owner of this newspaper.

• Benchcraft Golf Company, established in 1980, Church Street, Nashville, TN.
    •  Enjoyed much success with golf instruction, golf clinics, and exhibitions which were held at Opryland Hotel.
    • Affiliated with South Ocean Beach, Nassau, Bahamas, where I based my International Golf Tours.
    • “Master’s School of Golf”, partnered with Jack Wall, PGA and former PGA Ryder Cup Team member Dave Ragan.
    • The Tennessee schools were based at Sewanee Inn and Golf Course and also used several State Parks for various golf schools in Tennessee and Kentucky.

• Recipient of the Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award
     • Quote on plaque: “recognizes current or former Tennessee PGA Section members who have had outstanding careers as PGA Professionals based on service to his or her club, course or employer, service and leadership to the Association, community service, professional playing record and teaching ability”.


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OTHER SOURCES – “Bobby Greenwood in BOOKS”:

  • Nicklaus, Jack. My 55 Ways to Lower Your Golf Score. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 1964, page 104.

  • Nicklaus, Jack, and Ken Bowden. My Story. Simon & Schuster, 1997, page 53.

  • Pearce, Gene. The History of Tennessee Golf: 1894-2001. Hillsboro Press, 2002, pages 10, 21-22, 28, 77, 174, 199, 257-258, 270-273, 284-285, 308-309, 330, 347-348, 352, 375, 381, 399-401.

  • Pearce, Gene. Southern Golf Association: The First Hundred Years. Southern Golf Association, 2004, pages 140, 142.

  • Pearce, Gene. 2017 Tennessee Golf Almanac and Record Book. Tennessee Golf Foundation, 2017, pages 5, 194, 246.

  • Pearce, Gene. Colonial: Home of Champions. SPS Publications, Inc., 2013.

  • Yerger, John, et al. The History of Sunnehanna Country Club and the Sunnehanna Amateur. John Yerger, 2004, pages 95-96, 99.