Herman Barron

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Herman Barron
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1909-12-23)December 23, 1909
Port Chester, New York
Died June 11, 1978(1978-06-11) (aged 68)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Nationality  United States
Career
Status Professional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Other 3 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T13: 1949
U.S. Open T4: 1946
The Open Championship CUT: 1963
PGA Championship T5: 1932

Herman Barron (December 23, 1909 – June 11, 1978) was an American professional golfer best known for being the first Jewish golfer to win a PGA Tour event.[1]

Biography[edit]

Barron was born in Port Chester, New York. He was one of barely a dozen professional golfers who earned their living as touring professionals in the 1930s and 1940s. His first professional win came at the 1934 Philadelphia Open. On February 8, 1942, Barron became the first Jewish golfer to win an official PGA Tour event by winning the Western Open by two strokes over Henry Picard at Phoenix Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.[1][2]

Barron was consistently among the Tour's top money winners. His best year came in 1946. During a three-week period, he won the Philadelphia Inquirer Open, finished fourth in the U.S. Open, and won the All-American Championship at Tam O'Shanter in Chicago.[2]

Barron played on America's victorious 1947 Ryder Cup team,[3] but was soon forced into retiring as a touring professional due to failing health. For the next 15 years, he held the position of teaching pro at the Fenway Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.[2]

Barron returned to the touring circuit in the early 1960s and won the 1963 Senior PGA Championship.[2]

Barron continued to work as a teaching pro until his death in Pompano Beach, Florida at the age of 68. He played a large role in the development of Israel's first golf course, at Caesarea.[2] He is enshrined in the Westchester Hall of Fame.[3]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Other wins (3)[edit]

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF WD DNP WD WD DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP T28 T15 T31 T13 T23 T14 T11 CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R16 DNP DNP QF DNP R32 R64 R64 R64 DNP R32
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters DNP DNP T36 NT NT NT T25 T17 T25 T13
U.S. Open DNP T5 NT NT NT NT T4 T27 7 T27
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP R16 R16 R32 DNP R16
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters T46 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP T50 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T35 CUT
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP

NT = No tournament
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b American Jewish Historical Society (1999). American Jewish desk reference. Random House. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Biographical information from International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". 
  3. ^ a b "History of Fenway Golf Club".