Former PGA TOUR Player | Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame | PGA of America Life Member
Official Website of Bobby Greenwood, PGA
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 T.I.A.C. title and he was runner-up in the 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 and defeated Jack Nicklaus in the Colonial Invitational in Memphis, 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, he was thrice ranked in the Top 10 amateur golfer in the U.S. by Golf Magazine & Golf Digest.
He 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, tying Johnny Miller 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. Greenwood is now a golf course architect out of his hometown, Cookeville, Tennessee.
BOBBY GREENWOOD, PGA
*7-Year PGA Tour Player
*3-Time NCAA All-American
* Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame
*UNT Sports Hall of Fame
*RMA Sports Hall of Fame
*2005 PGA President’s Council Award
*2007 TN PGA Distinguished Career Award
*PGA of America Life Member
BOBBY GREENWOOD'S CAREER PROFILE
HALL OF FAME & AWARDS
• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award, Franklin, TN, Feb. 28, 2010. (retroactive 2007)
• PGA Quarter Century Member, 2008
• Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, Holston Hills Country Club, Knoxville, TN, Sept. 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, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, Nov. 2, 2002.
• PGA President’s Council Award, 2005.
• Dick Smith Memorial Award for Outstanding College Golfer of the Year, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas, 1962.
• North Texas State University (now University of North Texas-UNT), Denton, Texas, B.A. Business Admin., 1964.
• Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia, 1957. (Postgraduate)
Received Horton Society (Honor) Award at graduation.
• Golf Course Architect, Bobby Greenwood & Associates, Inc., Cookeville, TN
• President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deland, Florida, 1998 – Present
• Design Coordinator, Golden Bear International (Nicklaus Design)
North Palm Beach, Florida & New Augusta Golf Club, Ena Japan. 1996-1997
• Golf Course Architect, Bobby Greenwood & Associates, Inc., Cookeville, TN
• President, Greenwood-Clifton Golf Design Group, Deltona, Florida
• Golf Architect, Cheekwood Golf Club, Franklin, TN, 1994-1996
• Director of Golf Operations, Suntree Country Club, Melbourne, FL, 1989-1991
(36-hole resort with 1,650 members; and Home of Senior PGA Tour event).
• President, Greenwood, Frazee & Associates, Brentwood, TN. (Golf Course Design & Planning Services), 1986-1989
• Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Tennessee’s First Golf Publication (1/3 ownership), Nashville, TN, 1986-1987
• Golf School Coordinator, Master’s School of Golf, 1984-1986
(Partnership with Dave Ragan & Jack Wall).
• Golf Director & Co-Owner, Benchcraft Golf Co., 1921 Church Street, Nashville, TN 1980-1984 (Golf schools, clinics and exhibitions).
• Golf Course Architect, Greenwood, Tucker & Associates, 1978-1980
(Designed and supervised construction of Dorchester Golf Course – Permanent Home of TN Open for 8 years)
• Director of Golf, Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(Home of Tournament Players Championship, now THE PLAYERS), 1977-1978
• Contract Consultant, Planned Recreation Consultants, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, 1974-1978
• Professional Golfers Association, PGA Tour Player, 1969-1975
• Tennessee PGA Distinguished Career Award, 2010 (retroactive 2007)
• Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, 2007
• UNT 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-UNT).
• 3-Time Runner-up Finishes at Missouri Valley Conference Golf Championship, North Texas State University, Denton, TX, 1961, 1962, 1963.
• Southern Intercollegiate Conference (S.I.C.) Champion, Athens, Georgia, 1963.
• All-American Intercollegiate, hosted by University of Houston at Pine Forest Country Club, Houston, Texas. (Runner-up to Kermit Zarley), 1963.
• Border Olympics Golf Tournament, Laredo, Texas. (Finished 4th place), 1962.
• 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.
• Southwest Recreational Intercollegiate Champion, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961.
• Runner-up Finish at Ohio Valley Conference Golf League Championship, Tennessee Technological University, 1958.
• Co-Medalist USGA Amateur, Canterbury Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio, 1964.
• Qualified & played in Four USGA Amateurs.
• Qualified and played in Two U.S. Opens.
• Texas Cup Team (Ten-member team), 1964.
Defeated Byron Nelson in singles match.
• Porter Cup Amateur Championships, 1965 & 1966.
Finished 5th place both times. Niagara Falls CC, NY.
• Tennessee Cup Team, 1968, 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000.
• Co-Founder, Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches, 1968
• Top 10 Amateurs in the U.S. from 1965-1968 (ranked 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th) by Golf Magazine & Golf Digest.
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, 1968.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Tournament record of 269 set in 1965 and course record of 63 set in second round in 1965).
• Rhode Island Open Champion, 1970 (while on the PGA Tour).
• Tennessee Open Champion, 1968.
• Tennessee Amateur Champion, 1966.
• Irvin Cobb Open Championship, Paducah, Kentucky (Two-time winner).
• “Champions’ Choice” ~ PGA Tour Rookie, 1969. Chosen to play in the Colonial Invitational (NIT) voted by past champions. Ft. Worth, TN.
• Attended 1969 PGA Tour Qualifying School, 1969. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Tied Johnny Miller for 3rd).
• PGA Tour Player for 7 years, 1969-1975.
• Tournament Players Division – PGA Tour, 1972-1975. (Voting member)
• Winner of over 150 Amateur and Pro Tournaments in playing career.
• PGA Member – Class A, 1971.
• Tennessee Senior PGA Champion, 1991, 1992, 1994.
• Tennessee PGA Section Championship, 1999. 7th place (72-72-70)
• Tri-Cities Fall Pro-Am, Senior Champion (75-70=145), Bristol, Virginia
• Course Record: Southern Amateur Championship, 1968.
Score: 64 (-8 par), Lost Tree Golf Club, North Palm Beach, Florida (Jack Nicklaus Home Course).
• Played on the Champions PGA 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.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
• American Legion Post 46, Historian, Cookeville, TN, 2018-2019
• Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Member, Florida Society, 2017-Present
• American Legion Post 46, Member, Cookeville, TN, 2016-Present
* United States Army & Air Force Veteran
• Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Alumni, Inc., Board of Directors, Crossville, TN 2010
• Lion’s Club, Member, Cookeville, TN, 2007-2008.
• Christian Partners, Inc., Board of Directors, Clarksville, TN, 1980-Present.
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA):
Upper Cumberland FCA Advisory Board Member, 2006-present.
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 and Order of the Arrow Award).
• 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).
• 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 (2005-2008).
• National Eagle Scout Association (Executive Committee Member).
• Mason, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Tennessee.
• Shriner, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Al Menah Temple of Nashville, Tennessee.
SCHOOLS AND EXPERIENCE
• 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)
• Graduated: Service Maintenance School, E-Z Golf Car Division, (Nov. 1976, Atlanta, GA).
• 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.
• Principal-In-Charge ~ Designed & supervised construction of second 18-hole golf course for Fairfield Glade, Inc. ~ Dorchester Country Club (Home of TN Open).
• 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 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.
• Board of Directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for eight 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. Some amateur students have received college golf scholarships (see newspaper article – Pro’s Pro)
• Coached Little League Baseball and Junior Pro Basketball for eight years.
• Served on the Executive Committee of NESA (National Eagle Scout Association). Earned the three highest awards in Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout, God and Country Award and the Silver Award. Bobby is B.S.A. Commissioner with Upper Cumberland District.
• Co-Founder Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches 1968 – After Bobby was selected to play on the Prestigious 10-man Texas Cup Team in 1964, he was instrumental in bringing the Tennessee Challenge Cup matches to Tennessee in 1968 and Bobby selected the entire Amateur Team that inaugural year.
• Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. Bobby Greenwood was appointed by the late Fred V. Grau who was instrumental in founding the Musser Foundation in 1969, Bobby’s rookie year to play the PGA Tour. Arnold Palmer and Bobby served for seven years together 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 and served as Editor-in-Chief, one-third owner of this newspaper.
• Host Professional for the first and second Tournament Players Championship (TPC) held at Sawgrass where Bobby was the Director of Golf. 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
• 1980 – Benchcraft Golf Company located on Church Street in Nashville. Much success with golf instruction, golf clinics, and exhibitions which were held at Opryland Hotel. Affiliated with South Ocean Beach, Nassau, Bahamas, where Bobby based his International Golf Tours. Also, the “Master’s School of Golf” with 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 which “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”.