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Clarence Hillman Robbins, Jr. (April 22, 1932 – November 6, 1981) was an American professional golfer who is best known for his amateur career, including winning the 1957 U.S. Amateur.[1]

Hillman Robbins
Hillman Robbins 1958.jpg
Robbins in 1958
Personal information
Full nameClarence Hillman Robbins, Jr.
Born(1932-04-22)April 22, 1932
Memphis, Tennessee
DiedNovember 6, 1981(1981-11-06) (aged 49)
Nationality United States
CollegeMemphis State College
Turned professional1958[1]
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT17: 1956
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 1952, 1953, 1959
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Robbins was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of Hillman Robbins, Sr., a clerk at the Square-D liquor store, also located in Memphis, who was shot to death by paranoid lawyer Glenn Nash on December 6, 1966.[2]

He played college golf at Memphis State College where he won the NCAA Championship in 1954. In 1957, while on leave from duty in the Air Force, he won the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, beating Bud Taylor, 5 & 4.[3] He won several other amateur tournaments and played on the 1957 Walker Cup team.[1]

Robbins turned professional in 1958 but did not enjoy as much success as he had as an amateur.[1] He served as the club professional at Galloway Golf Course in Memphis from 1966 until his death in 1981.[4]

Robbins was inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 1995.[4]

Tournament winsEdit

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e f Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 161–2. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  2. ^ Pulle, Matt (September 6, 2002). "The Fugitive". Memphis Flyer.
  3. ^ "1957 U.S. Amateur". Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Hillman Robbins profile at the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame". Retrieved October 31, 2012.