|Full name||Purvis Jennings Ferree|
June 10, 1931 |
Pinebluff, North Carolina
|Residence||Hilton Head, South Carolina|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||2|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T17: 1957|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T28: 1964|
Born in Pinebluff, North Carolina, Ferree grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from Reynolds High School. He learned the game of golf from his father, Purvis, long-time pro at Winston-Salem's Old Town Golf Club. Ferree played college golf at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Following service in the U.S. Army, he turned professional in late 1955.
Ferree had one PGA Tour win during his regular career years. He was regarded as one of the very best in the game in the tee-to-green ball-striking phase of the game, but putting was always his weakness. He spent most of his thirties and forties as the director of golf at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Ferree was later a club pro and joined the Senior PGA Tour at age fifty in 1981. He was chosen by PGA Commissioner Deane Beman to be the model for the knickers-wearing player on the Senior Tour's logo. He shares the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions record for most victories (9) with two other golfers. He was the Senior PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year in 1993.
Professional wins (18)
PGA Tour wins (1)
Other wins (11)
this list is probably incomplete
- 1954 Forsyth County tournament
- 1955 Forsyth County tournament
- 1961 Jamaica Open
- 1962 Panama Open
- 1963 Maracaibo Open
- 1966 Carolinas PGA Championship
- 1967 Georgia PGA Championship
- 1977 Tri-State Open
- 1978 Tri-State PGA Championship
- 1981 Tri-State PGA Championship
- 1983 Tri-State Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Jul 20, 1986||Greater Grand Rapids Open||68-66-70=204||–9||Playoff||Gene Littler, Chi-Chi Rodríguez|
|2||May 26, 1991||Bell Atlantic Classic||67-69-72=208||–8||2 strokes||Jim Colbert, Lee Trevino|
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
|1||1986||The Greenbrier American Express Championship||Don January||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||1986||Greater Grand Rapids Open||Gene Littler, Chi-Chi Rodríguez||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1987||Seniors International Golf Championship||Al Geiberger||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|4||1989||GTE Suncoast Classic|| Bob Charles, Dave Hill,
|Charles won with birdie on third extra hole
Ferree and Hill eliminated with birdie on first hole
Other senior wins (4)
this list is probably incomplete
- 1997 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with George Bayer)
- 2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Miller Barber)
- 2003 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Miller Barber)
- 2006 Grand Champions team better-ball (with Jack Fleck)
U.S. national team appearances
- PGA Cup: 1979
- YouTube – Jim Ferree interview (2014)
- Kienzl, Ray (July 3, 1989). "Ferree finds new career begins at 50". Pittsburgh Press. p. D-9.
- "Purvis Ferree senior pro-am set for Lexington". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. May 13, 1989. p. 13.
- Wehrle, Bruce (May 19, 1989). "Ferree honored". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. (photo). p. 11.
- Ulrich, Max. "Super Senior Jim Ferree Reminices at Last Year's Vantage". Triad Golf Today. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- "Jim Ferree bids fair to become big golf name". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. December 17, 1955. p. 10.
- "Ferree Is At Home At Long Cove Club". Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- Ferree, Jim (September 2, 1999). "My shot". Sports Illustrated. p. G18.
- "Home Course: Jim Ferree". Discover South Carolina. Retrieved July 11, 2016.