|Full name||Robert Henry Riegel|
|Born||November 25, 1914|
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
|Died||February 22, 2009 (aged 94)|
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||2nd: 1951|
|PGA Championship||T17: 1956, 1957|
|U.S. Open||T10: 1951|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
During World War II, he was a flying instructor for the US Army Air Corp in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Riegel won the 1947 U.S. Amateur over Johnny Dawson at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, 2 and 1. He played on the Walker Cup teams of 1947 and 1949 under captain as Francis Ouimet. He went undefeated in his four Walker Cup matches.
Riegel was the low amateur (T13) in the 1948 Masters Tournament
Riegel turned professional in 1950 and played in 11 straight Masters Tournaments from 1947 to 1957. In the 1951 Masters Tournament, he was tied with Sam Snead after three rounds and finished second to Ben Hogan by two strokes.
Riegel stopped playing full-time in 1952-1953. He served as head pro at Radnor Valley Country Club from 1954 to 1961 and then became involved in the ownership of York Road Country Club in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Riegel was the Pro Emeritus at the Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May, New Jersey. He was often found walking the grounds with his poodle John Paul. Cape May National holds a large amount of history, with a number of articles about "Skee" on the walls of its clubhouse, as well a number of plaques located on the 18th tee.
this list may be incomplete
Amateur wins (1)Edit
|1947||U.S. Amateur||2 & 1||Johnny Dawson|
|Masters Tournament||NT||NT||NT||T50||T13 LA||T30|
|U.S. Open||NT||NT||NT||NT||CUT||T59||CUT||T14 LA|
|U.S. Amateur||R64||R16||NT||NT||NT||NT||R32 M||1||R64||R32|
|The Amateur Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||R16|
Note: Riegel never played in The Open Championship.
M = medalist
LA = low amateur
NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1962 PGA Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in match play
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Klavon, Ken (February 24, 2009). "Skee Riegel, 1947 U.S. Amateur Champion, Dies At 94". USGA. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009.
- Naedele, Walter F. (February 26, 2009). "Robert Riegel, 94, golf champion". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "Highlights of Robert H. "Skee" Riegel's Career". Archived from the original on July 24, 2008.
- USGA Championship Database Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
- PGA Championship Media Guide Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "Four Scots In Last Eight". Glasgow Herald. May 30, 1947. p. 5.