Gary Koch

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Gary Koch
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Gary D. Koch
Born (1952-11-21) November 21, 1952 (age 61)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Tampa, Florida
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1975
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T16: 1985, 1986
U.S. Open T6: 1982
The Open Championship T4: 1988
PGA Championship T10: 1979

Gary D. Koch (born November 21, 1952) is an American professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer, who formerly played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.

Early years[edit]

Koch was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1952, and raised in Florida. He won the Florida Open in 1969 as an amateur at the age of 16. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1970.[1] He attended C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida. The 1969 King High golf team consisting of Koch, Eddie Pearce, Brian Hawke and Phil Reid won the Florida high school title setting a scoring record that stood for thirty years.

College career[edit]

Koch received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (Florida Upsilon Chapter). While he was an undergraduate, Koch played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1971 to 1974.[2] As a Gator golfer, he was a four-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and a three-time All-American.[2][3] He was also a member of the Gators teams that won SEC championships in 1973 and 1974 and an NCAA Championship in 1973.[4] Individually, he was a two-time medalist in the SEC tournament (1973, 1974), and the runner-up behind Ben Crenshaw at the 1973 NCAA championship tournament.[2] His Gators teammates included fellow future PGA Tour professionals Woody Blackburn, Andy Bean, Phil Hancock and Andy North.[2] Koch graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1976, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1978.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Koch turned professional in 1975, and won six events as a professional on the PGA Tour during the 1970s and 1980s. His career year in professional golf came in 1984 when he finished seventeenth on the money list and captured two titles: the Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open and the Bay Hill Classic.

In preparation for play on the Champions Tour, Koch played some on the Nationwide Tour in his late 40s. After turning 50 in November 2002, he began play on the Champions Tour. His best finish in this venue was a tie for second at both the ACE Group Classic and Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in 2004.

Post-professional career[edit]

Koch's career as a sportscaster began in 1990 with ESPN working Champions Tour telecasts. Before the end of the decade, he joined NBC Sports. He also maintains an interest in golf course design. He helped design the front nine of "The Forest" course at The Eagles Golf Course in Odessa, Florida.

Koch was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.[6]

Koch currently resides in Tampa, Florida.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 18, 1976 Tallahassee Open 71-69-67-70=277 −11 1 stroke United States John Mahaffey
2 Mar 7, 1977 Florida Citrus Open 70-69-65-70=274 −14 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes, United States Joe Inman
3 Feb 27, 1983 Doral-Eastern Open 69-67-65-70=271 −17 5 strokes United States Ed Fiori
4 Jan 29, 1984 Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open 68-70-69-65=272 −16 Playoff United States Gary Hallberg
5 Mar 18, 1984 Bay Hill Classic 69-68-72-63=272 −12 Playoff United States George Burns
6 May 8, 1988 Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational 68-73-66-67=274 −14 1 stroke United States Peter Jacobsen, United States Mark O'Meara

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1984 Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open United States Gary Hallberg Won with par on second extra hole
2 1984 Bay Hill Classic United States George Burns Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Senior wins (3)[edit]

Champions Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2004 Vintage ARCO Invitational United States Craig Stadler, United States Tom Watson Stadler won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP CUT CUT DNP T42 DNP DNP
U.S. Open 57 CUT DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T64 T10
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT T35 T16 T16 T22 T25 CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T6 T24 T34 CUT T15 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T14 T60 T11 T6 DNP T4 T30
PGA Championship T46 DNP DNP CUT T54 CUT 66 DNP T31 T61
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 16 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 2 4 7 6
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 11 7
Totals 0 0 0 1 4 12 44 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press, "Koch Ousts Champ in Junior Amateur," St. Petersburg Times, p. 2C (August 1, 1970). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Robbie Andreu, "Top 25 Gator teams: #8 1973 Men's golf," Gainesville Sun (June 18, 2009). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved June 23, 2010. "Bean And Koch Inducted," The Ledger, p. 1D (March 30, 1978). Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Cozart, Koch among 2012 Florida sports hall inductees". tbo.com. January 24, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 

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