|Full name||Emil Felix Loeffler, Jr.|
June 6, 1895|
March 19, 1948 (aged 52)|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||10th: 1921|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T5: 1922|
Oakmont Country Club
Loeffler started working as a caddy at Oakmont when he was 10. He was promoted to caddiemaster in 1912 and took over as the course's superintendent (greenkeeper) in 1916, a position he retained until 1948. Loeffler assisted in modification of the course, including facilitating addition of many hazards that became a hallmark of Oakmont. After the death of head pro Charley Rowe in 1927, Loeffler assumed that role as well. When he relinquished it in 1947, he was reportedly the highest paid pro in America. His replacement, young Lew Worsham, won the U.S. Open a month after he took charge at Oakmont.
In 1921, the PGA Championship invited the top 31 professional finishers at the 1921 U.S. Open, along with the defending champion, to the tournament and as such Loeffler was invited. Loeffler finished in a tie for 17th place with his first round loss in match play to Cyril Walker on the 37th hole. Loeffer's best finish at the PGA Championship was a tie for 5th (quarter-final finish) in 1922.
Golf course design
Loeffler is credited with designing over 20 golf courses, including the former Alcoma Golf Club, which was renamed 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was elected to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame.
Loeffler died on March 19, 1948—at the end of a 65-day stay at Presbyterian Hospital—of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. He was a widower, his wife Hilda having preceded him in death in 1945.
Professional wins (4)
- 1920 Pennsylvania Open Championship, Western Pennsylvania Open Championship
- 1922 Pennsylvania Open Championship
- 1933 Tri-State PGA Championship
Results in major championships
Note: Loeffler played in only the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
? = unknown
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
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