Don Bies

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Don Bies
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1937-12-10) December 10, 1937 (age 76)
Cottonwood, Idaho
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Seattle, Washington
Career
Turned professional 1957
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Champions Tour 7
Other 14 (regular)
7 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 1969
U.S. Open T5: 1968
The Open Championship 65th: 1980
PGA Championship T7: 1967

Don Bies (born December 10, 1937) is an American professional golfer who has won tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour), and in the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA of America.

Bies was born in Cottonwood, Idaho, attended Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington and turned pro in 1957. His only PGA Tour win came at the 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. His best finish in a major was a T-5 at the 1968 U.S. Open which was played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Bies is a three-time winner of the Washington Open (stroke play) and a six-time winner of the Washington State Match Play Championship and has won a host of other events in the Pacific Northwest. He left the PGA Tour in 1980 in order to devote full time to his restaurant he had opened just outside of Seattle.[1]

After turning 50 at the end of 1987, Bies joined the Senior PGA Tour, where his fortunes improved dramatically with respect to winning tournaments. He has won numerous events both on the regular Senior PGA Tour and in non-Tour senior events. These wins include a senior major championshipThe Tradition at Desert Mountain in 1989.[2]

Bies was elected a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA Hall of Fame in 1994.[3] He lives in Seattle with his wife of more than 50 years, Marylin. They have three grown children: Karen, Marcy and David; and eight grandchildren.

Professional wins (29)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Aug 17, 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −15 (65-66-67-69=267) Playoff United States Hubert Green

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open United States Hubert Green Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (14)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jun 19, 1988 Northville Long Island Classic −14 (69-67-66=202) 2 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
2 Dec 4, 1988 GTE Kaanapali Classic −12 (68-67-69=204) 1 stroke United States Don January
3 Apr 2, 1989 Murata Seniors Reunion −8 (68-67-73=208) 6 strokes South Africa Harold Henning
4 Apr 16, 1989 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −13 (71-70-68-66=275) 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player
5 Dec 9, 1989 GTE Kaanapali Classic −12 (68-64=132) 1 stroke United States Dale Douglass
6 Jun 7, 1992 PaineWebber Invitational −13 (66-71-66=203) 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino
7 Oct 15, 1995 Raley's Senior Gold Rush −11 (69-68-68=205) 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1988 Northville Long Island Classic United States Butch Baird, United States Frank Beard, United States Orville Moody Baird won with birdie on first extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (7)[edit]

  • 1989 Air New Zealand Shell Open, DuPont Cup (Japan vs. U.S. Senior Golf Match)
  • 1990 Chrysler Cup
  • 2002 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
  • 2003 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
  • 2004 Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship, Oregon Senior Open

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1989 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −13 (71-70-68-66=275) 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player

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