December 23, 1909|
Port Chester, New York
June 11, 1978 (aged 68)|
Pompano Beach, Florida
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T13: 1949|
|U.S. Open||T4: 1946|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1963|
|PGA Championship||T5: 1932|
Barron was born in Port Chester, New York. He was one of barely a dozen professional golfers who earned their living as touring professionals in the 1930s and 1940s. His first professional win came at the 1934 Philadelphia Open Championship. On February 8, 1942, Barron became the first Jewish golfer to win an official PGA Tour event by winning the Western Open by two strokes over Henry Picard at Phoenix Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.
Barron was consistently among the Tour's top money winners. His best year came in 1946. During a three-week period, he won the Philadelphia Inquirer Open, finished fourth in the U.S. Open, and won the All-American Championship at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course in Chicago.
Barron played on America's victorious 1947 Ryder Cup team, but was soon forced into retiring as a touring professional due to failing health. For the next 15 years, he held the position of teaching pro at the Fenway Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.
Barron continued to work as a teaching pro until his death in Pompano Beach, Florida at the age of 68. He played a large role in the development of Israel's first golf course, in Caesarea. He is enshrined in the Westchester Hall of Fame, in the PGA Metropolitan Section Hall of Fame in New York, and in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Professional wins (14)
PGA Tour wins (4)
Other wins (8)
- 1934 Philadelphia Open Championship
- 1937 Metropolitan PGA
- 1938 Westchester PGA Championship
- 1941 Westchester PGA Championship
- 1943 Westchester PGA Championship
- 1951 Westchester PGA Championship
- 1954 Westchester Open
- 1955 Westchester PGA Championship
Senior wins (2)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
NYF = tournament not yet founded
NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1959 PGA Championship)
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- American Jewish Historical Society (1999). American Jewish desk reference. Random House. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- "Biographical information from International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame".
- "History of Fenway Golf Club".