Dick Chapman

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Dick Chapman
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Richard D. Chapman
Born (1911-03-23)March 23, 1911
Greenwich, Connecticut
Died November 15, 1978(1978-11-15) (aged 67)
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament 11th: 1954
U.S. Open T21: 1954
The Open Championship CUT: 1961
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1940
British Amateur Won: 1951

Richard D. Chapman (March 23, 1911 – November 15, 1978) was an American amateur golfer. Time magazine crowned Chapman "the Ben Hogan of amateur golf".[1]

Chapman was born in Greenwich, Connecticut.[2] He was the 1940 U.S. Amateur golf champion. He was a member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, which was the site of his first major triumph. He remains one of only three players to have won a USGA title on their home course. He holds a place in the Masters Tournament record book for the most appearances (19) as an amateur, a distinction he shares with Charles Coe.

Although Chapman was quite the international player, winning the 1951 British Amateur, he also won state amateur championships in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and the Carolinas. He also won the prestigious North and South Amateur. At the 1958 U.S. Amateur, Chapman and his son, Dixie, both qualified, giving a rare father-and-son appearance.

Chapman's career was put on hold for World War II, where he served as a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, Chapman picked up where he left off, with a string of victories in the British, French, Canadian, and Italian amateurs. Chapman is one of only two players (the other is Harvie Ward) who has won the U.S., British, and Canadian Amateur Championships.

"Blessed with a strong competitive spirit and an inquiring mind into the technicalities of the swing," reads the entry on Chapman in Who's Who in Golf. "Chapman not only played the game but wrote about it and worked at its many phases."[2]

In the 1950s, Chapman collaborated with the USGA on a handicap format for foursomes play called the Chapman System.[2] The system worked as follows: two golfers on the same team each tee off, then play the other's ball. From there, the team would play out the best shot.

Chapman played on the winning Walker Cup teams in 1947, 1951, and 1953.

Chapman's final success came in 1967 with a victory in the International Senior Amateur. A stroke in the early 1970s hampered his career, and he died in Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1978.

Chapman was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.[3]

Tournament wins (16)[edit]

this list is probably incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1940 U.S. Amateur 11 & 9 United States W. B. McCullough Jr.
1951 British Amateur 5 & 4 United States Charles Coe

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T37
U.S. Open WD DNP DNP DNP T50 DNP
British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP R256 DNP SF R16
British Amateur DNP R16 R256 QF DNP QF
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP T19 LA DNP NT NT NT T41 T14 T40 LA 50
U.S. Open T36 T49 NT NT NT NT DNP CUT DNP DNP
British Open NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur 1 R64 NT NT NT NT R16 R16 R128 DNP
British Amateur NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP 2 R16 DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T35 T20 T55 37 11 T53 T65 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT T21 DNP DNP DNP CUT 54
British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur R32 R32 DNP DNP DNP R256 R64 QF R16 R64
British Amateur 2 1 R32 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP
British Open DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Amateur R64 DNP R32
British Amateur DNP - -

Note: Chapman never played in PGA Championship.

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for 1935 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 24, 1935, pg. 22.

Source for 1936 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1936, pg. 20.

Source for 1937 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1937, pg. 21.

Source for 1939 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1939, pg. 3.

Source for 1948 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 28, 1948, pg. 6.

Source for 1952 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 30, 1952, pg. 2.

Source for 1961 British Open: www.opengolf.com

Source[4]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup: 1947 (winners), 1951 (winners), 1953 (winners)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milestones". Time. November 27, 1978. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 35–6. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  3. ^ Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame Members
  4. ^ Past Champions at Winged Foot Golf Club - Members