Al Mengert

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Al Mengert
Personal information
Born (1928-06-21) June 21, 1928 (age 89)
Spokane, Washington
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Spouse Donna (Jacobson) Mengert[1]
Children 4
Career
College Stanford University
(attended)
Turned professional 1952
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins 16
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T9: 1958
U.S. Open T13: 1954
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T18: 1970

Alfred John Mengert (born June 21, 1928) is an American former professional golfer.[2]

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Mengert played football at Gonzaga Prep, briefly attended Stanford University in the late 1940s, and served in the Washington Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s.[3] Mengert was runner-up in the 1952 U.S. Amateur to Jack Westland.[4][5]

Mengert turned professional in 1952 and worked mainly as a club pro while also playing on the PGA Tour. He won several non-PGA Tour events. His best finish in a major came at the 1958 Masters Tournament. After three rounds, he was tied for fourth, two shots off the lead,[6] and finished tied for ninth. Mengert was the first round leader at the U.S. Open in 1966 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.[7] He was tied for seventh after 54 holes, but a final round 81 resulted in a tie for 26th place.[8]

Mengert played several tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour in the 1980s, and was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Hall of Fame in 2001.[9]

After turning pro in 1952, Mengert's first job was as an assistant club pro under Masters champion Claude Harmon at Winged Foot, north of New York City. He was a head pro at clubs in New Jersey, St. Louis, and Sacramento.[2] Mengert returned to the Northwest as the head pro at Tacoma Country Club in the 1960s[7] then went to Oakland Hills in the suburbs north of Detroit, Michigan.[10]

Amateur wins[edit]

Tournament wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al has a new title; it's Daddy Mengert". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 21, 1951. p. 11. 
  2. ^ a b "Mengert's biography". Spokesman-Review. Chicago Tribune press service. June 17, 1966. p. 24. 
  3. ^ "Around golf many years". Ottawa Citizen. NEA. April 15, 1955. p. 28. 
  4. ^ 1952 U.S. Amateur
  5. ^ Hanson, Scott (August 19, 2010). "Northwest golfer tells of his near miss at 1952 U.S. Amateur in Seattle". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Snead, Palmer Lead Masters". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, Alabama. April 6, 1958. p. 8. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (June 17, 1966). "Mengert takes Open lead with great first-round 67". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. 24. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Open golf scores". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 20, 1966. p. 24. 
  9. ^ PNGA Hal of Fame profile
  10. ^ a b Van Sickel, Charlie (August 10, 1977). "Al Mengert, No.1". Spokesman-Review. p. 40. 
  11. ^ "Looking back: Spokane golfer Al Mengert and others in 1946". Spokesman-Review. April 4, 2005. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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