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Don Bies (born December 10, 1937) is an American professional golfer who has won tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour), and in the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA of America.

Don Bies
Personal information
Born (1937-12-10) December 10, 1937 (age 81)
Cottonwood, Idaho
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSeattle, Washington
Career
Turned professional1957
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions7
Other14 (regular)
6 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT33: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1967
U.S. OpenT5: 1968
The Open Championship65th: 1980

Born in Cottonwood, Idaho, Bies attended Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington and turned pro in 1957. His only PGA Tour win came at the 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open.[1] His best finish in a major was a T-5 at the 1968 U.S. Open which was played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Bies is a three-time winner of the Washington Open (stroke play) and a six-time winner of the Washington State Match Play Championship and has won a host of other events in the Pacific Northwest. He left the PGA Tour in 1980 in order to devote full-time to his restaurant he had opened just outside Seattle.[2]

After turning 50 at the end of 1987, Bies joined the Senior PGA Tour, where his fortunes improved dramatically with respect to winning tournaments. He has won numerous events both on the regular Senior PGA Tour and in non-Tour senior events. These wins include a senior major championshipThe Tradition at Desert Mountain in 1989.[3]

Bies was elected a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA Hall of Fame in 1994.[4] He lives in Seattle with his wife of more than 50 years, Marylin. They have three grown children: Karen, Marcy and David; and eight grandchildren.

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Professional wins (29)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 17, 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −15 (65-66-67-69=267) Playoff   Hubert Green

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open   Hubert Green Won with birdie on second extra hole

Australian Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (14)Edit

this list may be incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Jun 19, 1988 Northville Long Island Classic −14 (69-67-66=202) 2 strokes   Bob Charles
2 Dec 4, 1988 GTE Kaanapali Classic −12 (68-67-69=204) 1 stroke   Don January
3 Apr 2, 1989 Murata Seniors Reunion −8 (68-67-73=208) 6 strokes   Harold Henning
4 Apr 16, 1989 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −13 (71-70-68-66=275) 1 stroke   Gary Player
5 Dec 9, 1989 GTE Kaanapali Classic −12 (68-64=132) 1 stroke   Dale Douglass
6 Jun 7, 1992 PaineWebber Invitational −13 (66-71-66=203) 1 stroke   Lee Trevino
7 Oct 15, 1995 Raley's Senior Gold Rush −11 (69-68-68=205) 1 stroke   Lee Trevino

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1988 Northville Long Island Classic   Butch Baird,   Frank Beard,   Orville Moody Baird won with birdie on first extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (6)Edit

  • 1989 DuPont Cup (Japan vs. U.S. Senior Golf Match)
  • 1990 Chrysler Cup
  • 2002 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
  • 2003 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
  • 2004 Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship, Oregon Senior Open

Champions Tour major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1989 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −13 (71-70-68-66=275) 1 stroke   Gary Player

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Failures end for Don Bies". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. August 18, 1975. p. 15.
  2. ^ "Bies eases to win in Northville tourney". Palm Beach Post. Florida. June 20, 1988. p. 6C.
  3. ^ "Bies edges Player in Tradition". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 17, 1989. p. C1.
  4. ^ "Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame".

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