Smiley Quick

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Smiley Quick
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Lyman Loren Quick
Nickname Smiley
Born (1909-03-19)March 19, 1909
Centralia, Illinois
Died December 23, 1979(1979-12-23) (aged 70)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1948
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T27: 1952
U.S. Open T8: 1948
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Lyman Loren "Smiley" Quick (March 19, 1909 – December 23, 1979) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1940s and 1950s.

Quick was born in Centralia, Illinois,[1] but lived most of his life in southern California in places like Inglewood and Los Angeles. He served as a combat Marine in World War II.[2] His best year as an amateur was 1946 when he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur after missing a putt from 212 feet at Baltusrol's Lower Course giving Ted Bishop the championship.[3] Quick played on the 1947 Walker Cup team and turned professional in 1948.[1]

As a pro, Quick never lived up to the potential he showed as an amateur; the closest he came to winning on the PGA Tour was when he tied for first with Jack Burke, Jr., Sam Snead and Dave Douglas at the 1950 Bing Crosby Pro-Am.[1]

In his later years, he made a living gambling on the golf course with people like Titanic Thompson.[1] Quick hustled boxing great Joe Louis out of a quarter million dollars — enough to buy an apartment in Los Angeles and a fleet of fast cars.[2][4]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1940 Southern California Golf Association Championship
  • 1943 Southern California Golf Association Championship
  • 1946 U.S. Amateur Public Links
  • 1947 Mexican Amateur

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour (1)[edit]

Other (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Amateur

Tournament 1946 1947
U.S. Open T26 LA CUT
U.S. Amateur 2 R128
The Amateur Championship DNP R128

Professional

Tournament 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T27 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T8 CUT DNP T10 CUT WD DNP T16 DNP DNP CUT

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = Missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Yellow background for top-10

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

Source for 1947 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 28, 1947, pg. 6.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Today in Golf History: March 19". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b McGowan, Jack (September 29, 2007). "Boxing: Money burned a hole in sucker Joe's pocket". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Major National Championships Conducted at Baltusrol – 1946 Men's U.S. Amateur". Tillinghast.net. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  4. ^ Lerner, Rich (November 12, 2007). "The Brown Bomber's Green Legacy". The Golf Channel. Retrieved 2007-12-22.