Hugh Baiocchi

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Hugh Baiocchi
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Hugh John Baiocchi
Born (1946-08-17) 17 August 1946 (age 67)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Palm Springs, California
Spouse Patricia Joan (m. 1971)
Children Lauren, Justin
Career
College University of Witwaterstrand
Turned professional 1971
Former tour(s) Southern Africa Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 7
Sunshine Tour 11
Champions Tour 3
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T22: 1974
U.S. Open WD: 1979
The Open Championship T9: 1984
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit winner
1973/74, 1978/79

Hugh John Baiocchi (born 17 August 1946) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than twenty professional tournaments around the world.

Baiocchi was born in Johannesburg. He turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour's first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1973/74 and 1978/79.

As a senior (over 50) golfer, Baiocchi played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where he has three wins. Married to wife Joan and with two children (Lauren and Justin), he lives in Palm Springs, California. His daughter, Lauren, is married to well-known retired baseball player Johnny Bench.

He also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

  • 1968 Brazil Amateur Open Championship
  • 1970 South African Amateur Championship

Professional wins (22)[edit]

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Jul 1973 Swiss Open −2 (68-70-69-71=278) 1 stroke Australia Jack Newton, Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
2 10 Aug 1975 Dutch Open −12 (71-72-69-67=279) 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes, South Africa Simon Hobday
3 15 Jul 1976 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −17 (68-65-70-68=271) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
4 21 May 1977 Sun Alliance Match Play Championship 6 & 5 Wales Brian Huggett
5 2 Sep 1979 Swiss Open −5 (68-67-73-67=275) 5 strokes Spain Antonio Garrido, South Africa Dale Hayes, Italy Delio Lovato
6 9 Jul 1983 State Express Classic −9 (70-68-70-71=279) Playoff Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy, United States Mike Sullivan
7 19 Aug 1989 Murphy's Cup 156 points 2 points South Africa John Bland, South Africa Jeff Hawkes

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1983 State Express Classic Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy, United States Mike Sullivan Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1986 Benson & Hedges International Open England Mark James, United States Lee Trevino James won with birdie on first extra hole

Southern Africa Tour wins (11)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 31 Aug 1997 Pittsburgh Senior Classic −10 (70-70-66=206) Playoff United States Bob Duval
2 13 Sep 1998 Comfort Classic −20 (66-63-67=196) 2 strokes United States Bruce Summerhays
3 20 Sep 1998 Kroger Senior Classic −7 (67-66=133) Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Frank Conner,
United States Larry Nelson, United States Bruce Summerhays

Champions Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1997 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic Australia Bruce Crampton Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 1997 Saint Luke's Classic United States Bruce Summerhays Lost to par on second extra hole
3 1997 Pittsburgh Senior Classic United States Bob Duval Won with par on sixth extra hole
4 1998 Kroger Senior Classic New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Frank Conner,
United States Larry Nelson, United States Bruce Summerhays
Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T31 T22 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP WD DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T18 CUT T23 DNP CUT CUT T40 T29 CUT CUT CUT T9 T35 CUT T66 CUT

Note: Baiocchi never played in the PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
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 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 16 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 20 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (four times)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

External links[edit]