Ernest Orville Vossler (November 29, 1928 – February 16, 2013) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour; he later prospered in the fields of golf course design and construction, golf course management services and real estate development.
Vossler in the 1950s
|Full name||Ernest Orville Vossler|
|Born||November 29, 1928|
Fort Worth, Texas
|Died||February 16, 2013 (aged 84)|
La Quinta, California
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||38th: 1956|
|PGA Championship||T15: 1961|
|U.S. Open||T5: 1959|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
As his full-time touring days were winding down, Vossler became a club pro and worked at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and later Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. He was named "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" in 1967. He later became involved in a series of businesses relating to golf course development starting in 1971. Some of his business partners include former tour players Joe Walser, Jr. and Johnny Pott. In 1974, Vossler and Walser founded the Oak Tree Golf Club, now known as Oak Tree National, which has hosted the 1988 PGA Championship and is scheduled to host the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. He was the Chairman of Landmark Golf, a golf/real estate development firm serving the southwestern United States.
Vossler was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005.
Professional wins (4)Edit
PGA Tour wins (3)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||May 25, 1958||Kansas City Open||−19 (67-65-70-67=269)||2 strokes||Billy Maxwell|
|2||Jan 12, 1959||Tijuana Open Invitational||−15 (69-65-71-68=273)||2 strokes||John McMullin|
|3||Sep 18, 1960||Carling Open Invitational||−12 (69-69-66-68=272)||1 stroke||Paul Harney|
- 1960 Panama Open
- "Ernie Vossler bio". Landmark Golf. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved May 6, 2009.
- Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 194. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
- Inaugural PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame prepared to open its doors
- Biller, Steven; Kleinschmidt, Janice (October 2007). "The Influencers". Palm Springs Life.
- "Oak Tree National". Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- "Valley golf pioneer Ernie Vossler dies". mydesert.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013.