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Tim Collins (golfer)

Clyde Ellett "Tim" Collins, Jr. (July 19, 1945 – April 17, 2012)[1] was an American professional golfer. He earned All-America honors two years at Virginia Tech in the mid-1960s and went on to play professionally on the PGA Tour.[3] He was a native of Christiansburg, Virginia.[1]

Tim Collins
Personal information
Full nameClyde Ellett Collins, Jr.[1]
Born(1945-07-19)July 19, 1945[1]
Christiansburg, Virginia
DiedApril 17, 2012(2012-04-17) (aged 66)[1]
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nationality United States
CollegeVirginia Tech
Turned professional1972[2]
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985[2]
U.S. OpenT44: 1976[2]
The Open ChampionshipDNP

College careerEdit

Collins was the first full scholarship player for Virginia Tech in 1964.[4] At Tech, he played in the NCAA golf championship three consecutive years (1965–1967).[4] He earned third team All-America honors in 1965,[5] and finished seventh at the NCAA tournament,[6] leading the Hokie team to an 11th-place finish.[3][5] He capped his career by finishing tied for fifth in the 1967 event, three strokes back of Hale Irwin (known then as an Oklahoma football star). [7] He also earned All-America honors, this time as a second team selection.[3][5] No Tech golfer had finished higher in the NCAA tournament through 2018.[3] He finished 20th at the 1966 NCAA tournament.[3] Collins was the first golfer inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.[8]

Professional careerEdit

First PGA tournamentEdit

Collins served three years in the U.S. Army after graduating from college.[1] After leaving the Army in December 1971, he resumed his golfing pursuits as an assistant club pro in Greenville, South Carolina. In his first attempt at qualifying for a PGA event, he won the Atlanta Sectional Qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open, making him eligible for the 1972 U.S. Open.[9] At the event, the first ever played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Collins shot an opening round 79, eight shots off the lead set by Jack Nicklaus.[10] On the following day he shot a 71, three off the best of the day carded by two players: one of nine golfers tied for tournament leader Lanny Wadkins, and Arnold Palmer. He made the cut, and was just five behind the leaders going into Saturday, in a tie for 26th.[10] He shot an 81 on Saturday, and was 60th going into the final round.[10] On Sunday, he shot a 79, moving up to a 55th place tie for the week. Nicklaus bettered Bruce Crampton by three strokes, winning his 11th major championship.[10] Collins earned $890, compared to $30,000 for Nicklaus.[10] Collins said in a 1973 interview that the money was enough to pay for his trip to Monterey, California for the "vacation" to California with his wife.[11] (Note, in the detailed statistical profile of Collins' career, his participation in the 1972 U.S. Open is not included, even though it is included in the same website in the full results of the actual tournament. This is likely because he did not yet have his Tournament Players Division (precursor to the PGA Tour) card.

Qualifying School 1972Edit

Encouraged by his success at Pebble Beach, he decided to take a shot at earning his Tournament Players Division "card" in the fall of 1972, going through Qualifying school. He was one of 468 to begin the process.[12] In September, he was one of 30 from the Eastern Division tournament held in Rockville, Maryland to make it to the national event at the Silverado Country Club, in Napa, California.[13]. In total, 81 golfers took the written qualifying exam and played 108 holes to narrow the field down to 25.[12] Larry Stubblefield and John Adams were the top finishers,[12] and Collins was on the cut line and received his card for the following season.[13]

Career resultsEdit

In 1973, he played in a career-high 14 PGA tournaments, making the cut 13 times and carding two top-25 finishes.[2] In 1974 he played in seven tournaments, making the cut in every attempt, and finishing in the top-10 two times,[2] including a fifth place finish at the 1974 Kaiser International Open Invitational, played at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.[14] He finished tied for 44th in the 1976 U.S. Open.[2] He also played in five PGA Championship tournaments.[2] He played in at least 38 PGA Tour events including the 37 listed in his PGA profile[2] and the one 1972 U.S. Open which is not listed there.[2]

Professional winsEdit

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

  • PGA Cup: 1977 (tie), 1978, 1979, 1984


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Clyde Ellett "Tim" Collins, Jr". Find A Grave. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Tim Collins". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Virginia Tech Golf Media Guide 2018 (PDF). p. 54. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b King, Randy (April 19, 2012). "Virginia Tech Hall of Fame golfer Tim Collins Jr. dies". Roanoke Times.
  5. ^ a b c "Golf Coaches of America Honors and Awards". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Texan Tops NCAA". Tallahassee Democrat. Associated Press. June 26, 1965. p. 7. Retrieved March 18, 2019 – via
  7. ^ "Colorado Football PlayerWins NCAA Golf Crown". Tallahassee Democrat. Associated Press. June 25, 1967. p. 4B. Retrieved March 17, 2019 – via
  8. ^ "Five Techmen honored". Radford News Journal. June 11, 1985. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Dickens, Jr., E. C. (June 7, 1972). "Collins in U.S. Open". Radford News Journal. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Past results, U.S. Open, ending 6/18/1972/". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Dickens, Jr., E. C. "Fore and about area golf". Radford News Journal (March 20, 1973). Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c "Past champions: PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Dickens, Jr., E.C. (March 21, 1973). "Tim Collins qualifies". Radford News Journal. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Dickens, Jr., E. C. (September 30, 1972). "Tim Collins on tour". Radford News Journal. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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