Billy Joe Patton
|Billy Joe Patton|
|Full name||William Joseph Patton|
April 19, 1922|
Morganton, North Carolina
|Died||January 1, 2011(aged 88)|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||3rd: 1954|
|U.S. Open||T6: 1954|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|U.S. Amateur||T3: 1962|
|British Amateur||T5: 1955|
|Achievements and awards|
|Bob Jones Award||1982|
In 1954, Patton came within one stroke of being in a three-man playoff with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead for the championship. His final round 71 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole and a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole, when he tried to reach the green in two and put his ball into Rae's Creek.
Patton was inducted into several Halls of Fame:
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1967
- Wake Forest University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1974
- Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1975
- Carolinas Golf Reporters Association Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1981
- 1947 Carolinas Amateur
- 1951 Carolinas Open
- 1952 Carolinas Open (tied with Bobby Locke)
- 1954 North and South Amateur
- 1958 Carolinas Amateur
- 1961 Southern Amateur, Azalea Invitational, Carolinas Amateur
- 1962 North and South Amateur
- 1963 North and South Amateur
- 1964 North Carolina Amateur
- 1965 Southern Amateur
- 1979 Carolinas Senior Amateur
- 1981 Carolinas Senior Amateur
Results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||3 LA||T49||T12||CUT||8 LA||T8|
|U.S. Open||DNP||CUT||DNP||T36||T54||T6 LA||DNP||13||T8 LA||CUT||DNP|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||QF||DNP||DNP||DNP||R128|
|Masters Tournament||T13 LA||CUT||CUT||48||T37||CUT||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"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
U.S. national team appearances
- Walker Cup: 1955 (winners), 1957 (winners), 1959 (winners), 1963 (winners), 1965 (winners), 1969 (non-playing captain, winners)
- Eisenhower Trophy: 1958, 1962 (winners)
- William Joseph "Billy Joe" Patton obituary - Winston-Salem Journal
- Patton, nearly the 1954 Masters champion, dies[permanent dead link]
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame profile Archived November 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Wake Forest University's Sports Hall of Fame members
- Southern Golf Association's Hall of Fame profile Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame members.
- USGA Championship Database Archived December 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Second Englishman In Final Since War". Glasgow Herald. June 4, 1955. p. 9.
- "Two More Walker Cup Players Beaten". Glasgow Herald. May 27, 1959. p. 9.