Frank Beard (golfer)
|Full name||Joseph Franklin Beard|
May 1, 1939|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|College||University of Florida|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T5: 1968|
|U.S. Open||3rd/T3: 1965, 1975|
|The Open Championship||T19: 1972|
|PGA Championship||T6: 1968|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Conrad Rehling's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1958 to 1961. He was recognized as an All-American in 1960 and 1961. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1961, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."
Beard turned professional in 1962. He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1969 with earnings of $175,223. He has eleven wins on the tour including victories in the Tournament of Champions in 1967 and 1970. He was a member of the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup in 1969 and 1971 and had a 2–3–3 win-loss-half record. His best finishes in a major tournament were a third-place finish and a tie for third in the 1965 and 1975 U.S. Opens. After turning 50 years old, he played on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour), where he won the 1990 Murata Reunion Pro-Am.
Beard is probably best known as the author of Pro, the story of his year on the tour in 1969. The book revealed many of the more mundane parts of life on the pro tour for the middle tier of golfers with families. Commentators called the book "humorous and insightful," showing the human side of the PGA Tour.
Professional wins (14)
PGA Tour wins (11)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 10, 1963||Frank Sinatra Open Invitational||−6 (68-72-69-69=278)||1 stroke||Jerry Steelsmith|
|2||Apr 25, 1965||Texas Open Invitational||−10 (70-67-65-68=270)||3 strokes||Gardner Dickinson|
|3||May 16, 1966||Greater New Orleans Open Invitational||−12 (68-71-70-67=276)||2 strokes||Gardner Dickinson|
|4||Apr 16, 1967||Tournament of Champions||−6 (65-68-74-71=278)||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer|
|5||May 7, 1967||Houston Champions International||−10 (67-70-70-67=274)||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer|
|6||Jul 9, 1967||500 Festival Open Invitation||−9 (70-71-69-69=279)||3 strokes||Rod Funseth, Rives McBee|
|7||Jul 13, 1969||Minnesota Golf Classic||−15 (69-67-67-66=269)||7 strokes||Tommy Aaron, Hugh Inggs|
|8||Aug 3, 1969||Westchester Classic||−13 (69-72-67-67=275)||1 stroke||Bert Greene|
|9||Apr 26, 1970||Tournament of Champions||−15 (70-64-68-71=273)||7 strokes|| Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin,|
|10||Aug 9, 1970||American Golf Classic||−4 (73-65-67-71=276)||2 strokes|| Tommy Aaron, Bruce Crampton,|
|11||May 2, 1971||Greater New Orleans Open Invitational||−12 (70-71-67-68=276)||1 stroke||Hubert Green|
- PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)
|1||1968||American Golf Classic||Lee Elder, Jack Nicklaus||Nicklaus won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
Beard eliminated with birdie on first hole
|2||1969||Greater New Orleans Open||Larry Hinson||Lost to par on third extra hole|
|3||1974||World Open Golf Championship|| Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy
|Miller won with birdie on second extra hole|
Murphy eliminated with par on first hole
Other wins (2)
Senior PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Apr 29, 1990||Murata Reunion Pro-Am||−9 (66-67-74=207)||2 strokes||Walt Zembriski|
- Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1989||Northville Long Island Classic||Butch Baird, Don Bies, Orville Moody||Baird won with birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||T19|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 20 (1964 PGA – 1971 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (three times)
U.S. national team appearances
- List of American Ryder Cup golfers
- List of Florida Gators golfers
- List of Florida Gators men's golfers on the PGA Tour
- List of University of Florida alumni
- List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members
- "Saint Xavier High School: Outstanding Alumni". Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- "Florida Men's Golf 2013–14 Media Supplement" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. pp. 39, 41. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- "2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. 2008. p. 36. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- "Gator Greats". F Club, Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- "Beard earns golf's top pay". The Telegraph-Herald. Associated Press. December 9, 1969. p. 16.
- "Inductees". Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 19, 2011.