December 10, 1937 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||7|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T33: 1969|
|U.S. Open||T5: 1968|
|The Open Championship||65th: 1980|
|PGA Championship||T7: 1967|
Don Bies (born December 10, 1937) is an American professional golfer who has won tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour), and in the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA of America.
Born in Cottonwood, Idaho, Bies attended Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington and turned pro in 1957. His only PGA Tour win came at the 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. His best finish in a major was a T-5 at the 1968 U.S. Open which was played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Bies is a three-time winner of the Washington Open (stroke play) and a six-time winner of the Washington State Match Play Championship and has won a host of other events in the Pacific Northwest. He left the PGA Tour in 1980 in order to devote full-time to his restaurant he had opened just outside Seattle.
After turning 50 at the end of 1987, Bies joined the Senior PGA Tour, where his fortunes improved dramatically with respect to winning tournaments. He has won numerous events both on the regular Senior PGA Tour and in non-Tour senior events. These wins include a senior major championship – The Tradition at Desert Mountain in 1989.
Bies was elected a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA Hall of Fame in 1994. He lives in Seattle with his wife of more than 50 years, Marylin. They have three grown children: Karen, Marcy and David; and eight grandchildren.
Professional wins (29)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|1||Aug 17, 1975||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||−15 (65-66-67-69=267)||Playoff||Hubert Green|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1975||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||Hubert Green||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Other wins (15)
this list may be incomplete
- 1959 Washington Open
- 1961 Washington State Match Play
- 1962 Northwest Open
- 1963 Washington State Match Play
- 1964 Washington State Match Play
- 1965 Washington State Match Play
- 1967 Pacific Northwest PGA Championship
- 1968 Washington State Match Play
- 1980 Washington Open
- 1983 Washington State Match Play
- 1984 Northwest Open
- 1987 Washington Open, PNW PGA Al Guisti Memorial
- 1988 PNW PGA Al Giusti Memorial
- 1989 Air New Zealand Shell Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (7)
|1||Jun 19, 1988||Northville Long Island Classic||−14 (69-67-66=202)||2 strokes||Bob Charles|
|2||Dec 4, 1988||GTE Kaanapali Classic||−12 (68-67-69=204)||1 stroke||Don January|
|3||Apr 2, 1989||Murata Seniors Reunion||−8 (68-67-73=208)||6 strokes||Harold Henning|
|4||Apr 16, 1989||The Tradition at Desert Mountain||−13 (71-70-68-66=275)||1 stroke||Gary Player|
|5||Dec 9, 1989||GTE Kaanapali Classic||−12 (68-64=132)||1 stroke||Dale Douglass|
|6||Jun 7, 1992||PaineWebber Invitational||−13 (66-71-66=203)||1 stroke||Lee Trevino|
|7||Oct 15, 1995||Raley's Senior Gold Rush||−11 (69-68-68=205)||1 stroke||Lee Trevino|
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1988||Northville Long Island Classic||Butch Baird, Frank Beard, Orville Moody||Baird won with birdie on first extra hole|
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
Other senior wins (6)
- 1989 DuPont Cup (Japan vs. U.S. Senior Golf Match)
- 1990 Chrysler Cup
- 2002 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
- 2003 Washington State PGA Senior Invitational
- 2004 Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship, Oregon Senior Open
Champions Tour major championships
|1989||The Tradition at Desert Mountain||−13 (71-70-68-66=275)||1 stroke||Gary Player|
- "Failures end for Don Bies". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. August 18, 1975. p. 15.
- "Bies eases to win in Northville tourney". Palm Beach Post. Florida. June 20, 1988. p. 6C.
- "Bies edges Player in Tradition". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 17, 1989. p. C1.
- "Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame".