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Marty Fleckman

Martin Alan Fleckman (born April 23, 1944) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.

Marty Fleckman
Personal information
Full nameMartin Alan Fleckman[1]
Born (1944-04-23) April 23, 1944 (age 74)
Port Arthur, Texas
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Houston
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1969
U.S. OpenT18: 1967
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT4: 1968

Born in Port Arthur, Texas,[2] Fleckman credits Byron Nelson, Carl Lohren, and Jim Hardy with teaching him how to play golf.[3][4] At the age of 20 in 1964, Fleckman won the individual title at the Texas State Amateur. In 1965, he won the NCAA Championship while at the University of Houston,[2] where he was a three-time All-American member of the golf team: third-team in 1964, first-team in 1965 and 1966.[5] He was a member of the Walker Cup team in 1967.

While still an amateur, Fleckman played in the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1967. He led after the first and third rounds,[6][7] but shot 80 (+10) on Sunday amid a surge by eventual champion Jack Nicklaus.[3][8][9] The last amateur to lead the U.S. Open at 54 holes was Johnny Goodman, 34 years earlier in 1933.[2] (Seven years earlier in 1960, Nicklaus led as an amateur during the final round.) Fleckman finished in a tie for 18th place and was the low amateur, a stroke ahead of Bob Murphy, who shot 69 in the final round.[8]

In his first start on the PGA Tour in December 1967, Fleckman won the Cajun Classic Open Invitational in a playoff.[2] At Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, he sank a 30-foot (9 m) birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Jack Montgomery and take the winner's share of $5,000.[10][11] It was his third consecutive birdie, finishing regulation play with two.[10] Fleckman is only one of four other players to win his first tour event,[4] and has since been joined by Ben Crenshaw (1973), Robert Gamez (1990), and Garrett Willis (2001). His best finish in a major was a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship in 1968.[12]

Fleckman was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 and the University of Houston Hall of Honor in 2006.[3][4] He also received the prestigious 2007 Teacher of the Year Award for the Southern Texas Section of the PGA.[4] He currently works as director of golf instruction at Blackhorse Teaching Center in Texas.[5]

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Amateur wins (4)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Dec 3, 1967 Cajun Classic Open Invitational 67-68-71-69=275 −13 Playoff   Jack Montgomery

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1967 Cajun Classic Open Invitational   Jack Montgomery Won with birdie on first extra hole

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 26, 1965). "Fleckman's 281 Wins N.C.A.A. Golf Crown". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. Retrieved October 30, 2018 – via newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ a b c d Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 64–5. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  3. ^ a b c "Marty Fleckman, PGA Professional". Archived from the original on 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  4. ^ a b c d "Biographical information from Marty Fleckman's website". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  5. ^ a b "Biographical information from University of Houston Athletics official site". Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  6. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 18, 1967). "Amateur Fleckman regains Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
  7. ^ Grimsley, Will (June 18, 1967). "Fleckman fires 69, leads U.S. Open by stroke at 209". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. D-1.
  8. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 19, 1967). "Nicklaus shoots 65, wins Open". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  9. ^ Wright, Alfred (June 26, 1967). "Jack Delivers the Crusher". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
  10. ^ a b "Fleckman's 30-footer nets Cajun, PGA mark". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 4, 1967. p. 2B.
  11. ^ "Fleckman victor in playoff". Chicago Tribune. UPI. December 4, 1967. p. 4, sec. 3.
  12. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-07.

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