Don Massengale

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Don Massengale
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Personal information
Full name Donald Ray Massengale, Sr.
Born (1937-04-23)April 23, 1937
Jacksboro, Texas
Died January 2, 2007(2007-01-02) (aged 69)
Conroe, Texas
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Texas Christian University
Turned professional 1960
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
PGA Tour Champions 2
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T45: 1968
U.S. Open T15: 1972
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 2nd: 1967

Donald Ray Massengale, Sr. (April 23, 1937 – January 2, 2007) was an American professional golfer who won tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Career[edit]

Massengale was born in Jacksboro, Texas. He won the 1958 Texas Amateur Championship. He played collegiately at Texas Christian University and turned pro in 1960.

Massengale's two wins on the PGA Tour came in 1966 and he finished that year 26th on the money list. He finished among the top-60 money winners on the PGA Tour in 1962, 1966 and 1967. His best finish in a major was a 2nd at the 1967 PGA Championship where he lost to Don January in an 18-hole playoff (69-71).[1]

Massengale worked as a club pro in the Houston area in his 40s – between his PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour careers. He won twice on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), the 1990 Greater Grand Rapids Open and the 1992 Royal Caribbean Classic.

Massengale and wife Judy had two sons, Donnie and Mark, both of whom are golf teaching professionals. He also had a younger brother, Rik, who played 13 years on the PGA Tour.

Massengale died of a heart attack in Conroe, Texas.

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1958 Texas Amateur Championship

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Jan 23, 1966 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am –5 (70-67-76-70=283) 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer
2 Oct 2, 1966 Canadian Open –4 (70-70-70-70=280) 3 strokes United States Chi Chi Rodriguez

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1967 PGA Championship United States Don January Lost 18-hole playoff (January:69, Massengale:71)

Other wins (4)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 16, 1990 Greater Grand Rapids Open –8 (69-65=134) 1 stroke United States Terry Dill, United States Dave Hill, United States Larry Laoretti
2 Feb 2, 1992 Royal Caribbean Classic –8 (70-70-65=205) 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1988 Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Orville Moody, United States Bobby Nichols Moody won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T49 T45 DNP
U.S. Open CUT T36 DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP T28 2 CUT DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP 55 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T15 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T24 CUT T22 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT

Note: Massengale never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

  • Diamondhead Cup/PGA Cup: 1973 (winners), 1982 (winners)

References[edit]

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