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James Lawrence Wiechers (August 7, 1944 – October 15, 2018) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jim Wiechers
Personal information
Full nameJames Lawrence Wiechers[1]
Born(1944-08-07)August 7, 1944
Oakland, California
DiedOctober 15, 2018(2018-10-15) (aged 74)
Napa, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceNapa, California
SpouseSusan
ChildrenErica
Career
CollegeSanta Clara University
Turned professional1966
Retired1978
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1976
PGA ChampionshipT29: 1972
U.S. OpenT14: 1975
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Wiechers was born in Oakland, California.[2] He won the 1962 U.S. Junior Amateur while in high school.[3] He then attended Santa Clara University and was a member of the golf team, winning first-team All-American honors in 1965.[4] He collected many honors during his amateur career including Golf Digest's Number One U.S. Amateur award in 1966. Wiechers turned professional and joined the PGA Tour in 1966.[5]

Wiechers played on the PGA Tour from 1966 to 1979. His best years were in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s when he finished on the top-60 money list five times. He won one PGA Tour event during his career: the 1969 West End Classic.[6]

After leaving the tour, Wiechers first began working in California's Napa Valley wine industry in the 1980s. Then he returned to golf in the 1990s, first as head instructor at McCaffrey's Golf School in San Francisco, then as a teaching pro at Chardonnay Golf Club for 19 years, and finally at Eagle Vines Golf Club.[5] He also coached the men's and women's golf teams at Napa Valley College.[7][8]

Wiechers died on October 15, 2018 at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California following a four-month-long illness.[2][9][10]

Amateur winsEdit

PGA Tour winsEdit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 Dec 7, 1969 West End Classic −11 (70-68-69-70=277) 2 strokes   Al Besselink,   Johnny Pott

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1969 Robinson Open Golf Classic   Bob Goalby Lost to birdie on first extra hole

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 26, 1965). "Fleckman's 281 Wins N.C.A.A. Golf Crown". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. Retrieved October 29, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "Jim Wiechers". Napa Valley Register. October 28, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ 1962 U.S. Junior Amateur
  4. ^ "1958-1969 All America Golf Teams from GCAA website". Archived from the original on June 26, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Bio page on Jim Wiechers' website". Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "Awards page on Jim Wiechers' website". Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  7. ^ "Jim Wiechers, Men's & Women's Golf Coach". Napa Valley College. Archived from the original on September 17, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  8. ^ James, Marty (February 1, 2005). "Former PGA golfer new coach of NVC men". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  9. ^ McCabe, Jim (October 17, 2018). "Wiechers, accomplished amateur champion, Tour pro and college coach, passes at age 74". PGA Tour.
  10. ^ James, Marty (October 16, 2018). "Jim Wiechers remembered by other former professional golfers and Napa Valley College". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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