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Larry Hinson (born August 5, 1944) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour from 1968–1976.

Larry Hinson
Personal information
Born (1944-08-05) August 5, 1944 (age 75)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeEast Tennessee State University
Turned professional1968
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT30: 1971
PGA ChampionshipT4: 1970
U.S. OpenT9: 1971
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Hinson was born in Gastonia, North Carolina,[1] but has lived almost his entire life in Douglas, Georgia. Despite having a left arm slightly withered from boyhood polio, he was able to compete in amateur and professional golf. Hinson attended East Tennessee State University and was a member of the golf team. He was the individual medalist at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in 1967.[2]

Hinson had more than 30 top-10 finishes during his PGA Tour career including a win at the 1969 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational. In that tournament, he defeated Frank Beard on the third playoff hole. He finished the 1975 San Antonio Texas Open tied for first place in regulation play at 13-under-par 275; however, he lost in a playoff when Don January made a birdie on the second extra hole. His best finish in a major was a T-4 at the 1970 PGA Championship.[3] Hinson was the recipient of the 1971 Ben Hogan Award.[2]

Hinson is the general manager and head professional at Hinson Hills Golf Center in Douglas, Georgia, a family-run 18-hole par-3 course. He invented a device he calls the Stance Minder to help a golfer establish the proper set-up position.[4]

Amateur winsEdit

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour winsEdit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 May 4, 1969 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −13 (69-68-71-67=275) Playoff   Frank Beard

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1969 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational   Frank Beard Won with par on third extra hole
2 1975 San Antonio Texas Open   Don January Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other winsEdit

  • 1990 Dan J. Parrish Pro-Am Golf Classic


  1. ^ Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 92–3. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  2. ^ a b "Larry Hinson Is Winner Of Hogan Golf Award". Modesto, California: The Modesto Bee. February 7, 1971.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  4. ^ "Hinson Hills Golf Center".

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