Sam Parks, Jr.

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Sam Parks, Jr.
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Samuel McLaughlin Parks, Jr.
Born (1909-06-23)June 23, 1909
Bellevue, Pennsylvania
Died April 7, 1997(1997-04-07) (aged 87)
Clearwater, Florida
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Pittsburgh
Turned professional 1933
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T15: 1935
U.S. Open Won: 1935
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T9: 1935

Samuel McLaughlin Parks, Jr. (June 23, 1909 – April 7, 1997) was an American professional golfer, the winner of the U.S. Open in 1935, his only major title.

Born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Parks used his knowledge of the nearby Oakmont Country Club to win in June 1935 at age 25. Although a comparatively recent convert from college and amateur ranks and little-known nationally, Parks, the professional at the nearby South Hills Country Club, was the only player to negotiate Oakmont's furrowed bunkers and shaved greens in less than 300. After winning the U.S. Open, Parks played for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, matched against Alf Perry (the reigning British Open champion), the first time the U.S. Open champion would play the British Open Champion of the same year in the Ryder Cup Match. During that event, at the 36th hole, Parks made a 30-foot (9 m) birdie putt to win the hole and tie the match, so that both he the British champ remained undefeated in Ryder Cup play.

Parks, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus who helped found the school's golf team in the 1920s,[1] died in 1997 at age 87 in Clearwater, Florida.

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Winning score Margin Runner-up
1935 U.S. Open +11 (77-73-73-76=299) 2 strokes United States Jimmy Thomson

Other wins (4)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1935 U.S. Open Tied for lead +11 (77-73-73-76=299) 2 strokes United States Jimmy Thomson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF T46 T15 T20 T36 24 DNP
U.S. Open CUT T66 DNP T37 1 CUT T16 CUT T38
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP R16 DNP R32 R64 R64
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP T19 DNP NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T29 T33 NT NT NT NT CUT CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP R32 NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP 51 72 61 T65 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP

Note: Parks never played in The Open Championship.
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
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
Green background for wins. 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 16 10
U.S. Open 1 0 0 1 1 2 13 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 5
Totals 1 0 0 1 2 9 34 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1935 U.S. Open – 1935 PGA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Jim, ed. (1982). Hail to Pitt: A Sports History of the University of Pittsburgh. Wolfson Publishing Co. p. 222. ISBN 0-916114-08-2.