Skee Riegel

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Skee Riegel
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert Henry Riegel
Born (1914-11-25)November 25, 1914
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
Died February 22, 2009(2009-02-22) (aged 94)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Nationality  United States
Career
College West Point
Hobart College
Lafayette College
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 7
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1951
U.S. Open T10: 1951
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T17: 1956, 1957

Robert Henry "Skee" Riegel (November 25, 1914 – February 22, 2009) was an American professional golfer.

Riegel attended West Point, Hobart College, and Lafayette College where he played football and baseball but not golf. He took up golf at the age of 23.[1]

During World War II, he was a flying instructor for the US Army Air Corp in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Riegel won the 1947 U.S. Amateur over Johnny Dawson at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, 2 and 1. He played on the Walker Cup teams of 1947 and 1949.[1]

Riegel turned professional in 1950 and played in 11 straight Masters Tournaments from 1947 to 1957. In the 1951 Masters Tournament, he was tied with Sam Snead after three rounds and finished second to Ben Hogan by two strokes.

Riegel finished second to Ted Kroll in the 1952 Insurance City Open.

Riegel stopped playing full-time in 1952-1953. He served as head pro at Radnor Valley Country Club from 1954 to 1961 and then became involved in the ownership of York Road Country Club in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[1]

Riegel was the Pro Emeritus at the Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May, New Jersey. He was often found walking the grounds with his poodle John Paul. Cape May National holds a large amount of history, with a number of articles about "Skee" on the walls of its Clubhouse, as well a number of plaques located on the 18th tee.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1947 U.S. Amateur 2 & 1 United States Johnny Dawson

Results timeline[edit]

Amateur

Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT DNP T50 T13 LA T30
U.S. Open DNP DNP NT NT NT NT CUT T59 CUT T14 LA
U.S. Amateur R64 R16 NT NT NT NT R32 1 R64 R32
The Amateur Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP R16 DNP DNP

Professional

Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T21 2 T14 T29 T38 T13 T40 T31 DNP DNP
U.S. Open T12 T10 CUT DNP T42 T40 CUT DNP CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R64 R32 R32 T40 CUT
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT 48 DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T63 DNP DNP CUT T51 DNP DNP

LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for PGA Championship: PGA Championship Media Guide

Source for 1947 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 30, 1947, pg. 5.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

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