Jim McGovern (golfer)
|Full name||James David McGovern|
|Born||February 5, 1965|
Teaneck, New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Oradell, New Jersey|
|Children||Melanie, Emily, Elizabeth, Sean|
|College||University of Arkansas|
Old Dominion University
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T5: 1994|
|U.S. Open||T13: 1994|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1993, 1994|
|PGA Championship||T22: 1993|
McGovern was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He grew up in Oradell, New Jersey in a house adjoining the Hackensack Golf Club. He attended Bergen Catholic High School, and was a star football player there, when a coach introduced him to golf during his junior year. He initially attended the University of Arkansas as a non-scholarship member of its golf team. He transferred after two years to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and was a member of that school's golf team. He turned pro in 1988 and joined the PGA Tour in 1991.
McGovern was a member of the PGA Tour from 1991–1998. His career year was 1993 when he won once, had two other top-10 finishes, earned $587,495 and finished 27th on the money list. His best finish in a major was T5 at the 1994 Masters Tournament. He had 14 career top-10 finishes in 386 PGA Tour events.
On January 1, 2011, McGovern became the head golf professional at White Beeches Golf & Country Club in Haworth, New Jersey, 20 miles from midtown Manhattan. He is one of the few PGA Professionals who was also a PGA Tour winner.
On May 17, 2011, McGovern earned medalist honors at the local U.S. Open qualifier. His 4-under 68 at Ballyowen Golf Club gave him medalist honors by two strokes and also secured for him one of five spots available for the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook on June 6. McGovern earned a spot in the 2014 PGA Championship through his finish at the PGA Professional National Championship after having to qualify in a playoff for one of the twenty positions. He occasionally continues to compete at senior major events and those sanctioned through the New Jersey section of the PGA of America.
- 1987 Virginia State Intercollegiate Championship
- 1988 Metropolitan Amateur
Professional wins (9)Edit
PGA Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||May 2, 1993||Shell Houston Open||−17 (67-64-68=199)||Playoff||John Huston|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1993||Shell Houston Open||John Huston||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Ben Hogan Tour wins (3)Edit
Other wins (5)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
- Dorman, Larry. "Golf; McGovern Gets Comfort Of Home and a Lead", The New York Times, March 10, 1995. Accessed February 16, 2011. "So it was fitting today that Jim McGovern, born in Teaneck and raised in Oradell, where he lives now, strolled around the grounds here with one of the biggest galleries and shot the lowest number in the first round of the Honda Classic."
- Friend, Tom. "Golf; You Can't Take the Hackensack Out of This Guy", The New York Times, February 28, 1993. Accessed February 16, 2011. "He grew up in Oradell, N.J., in a house literally adjacent to the fourth green at Hackensack Golf Club. I remember once finding a stray ball in the upstairs bathroom, he said."
- Brown, Clifton. "Golf; A Former Rising Star Hopes to Rise Again", The New York Times, December 18, 1999. Accessed February 16, 2011. "When Jim McGovern was an all-state tight end at Bergen Catholic High School, few people would have predicted that he would become a professional golfer. He didn't start playing golf seriously until 11th grade."
- "Golf Major Championships".
- "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-01-29.