Adam Hunter (golfer)
Adam James Hunter (26 September 1963 – 14 October 2011) was a Scottish professional golfer. His achievements included winning the 1995 Portuguese Open. He later became a renowned coach for such golfers as Paul Lawrie.
|Full name||Adam James Hunter|
|Born||26 September 1963|
|Died||14 October 2011 (aged 48)|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1986, 1987, 1991|
After completing two-and-a-half years of a golf scholarship at Virginia Tech in the United States, he turned professional in 1984. He joined the European Tour the following year after coming through final qualifying school. He failed to hold on to his tour card in his rookie season, but was back on tour after another successful visit to qualifying school.
Having lost his playing privileges again at the end of the 1986 season, when he made just one cut, Hunter did not return to the European Tour until 1990. He maintained consistent form though the 1990s earning sufficient money each season to retain his tour card until the end of 1998. His only win on the tour came at the 1995 Portuguese Open, and that season he finished a career high 63rd on the European Tour Order of Merit. He also won the 1987 Northern Open, a non-tour event.
Hunter became a successful golf coach. He worked with many top professionals, including 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie from 1998 to 2004, and LPGA Tour player Catriona Matthew. He also provided coaching to Scottish golfers Stephen Gallacher, Alastair Forsyth and Gary Orr.
Professional wins (5)Edit
European Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Mar 1995||Portuguese Open||−11 (73-65-71-68=277)||Playoff||Darren Clarke|
European Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1995||Portuguese Open||Darren Clarke||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (4)Edit
- 1985 Granite City Classic, Scottish U25 Champion
- 1986 Carnoustie Challenge
- 1987 Northern Open
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT|
Note: Hunter only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
- Farrell, Andy (25 July 1999). "The day Lawrie looked smart". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- Dempster, Martin (8 January 2003). "Stephen turns to Hunter for gain". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- "Golf coach Adam Hunter dies from leukaemia, aged 48". BBC Sport. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.