Jim Ferree

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Jim Ferree
Personal information
Full name Purvis Jennings Ferree
Nickname Jim
Born (1931-06-10) June 10, 1931 (age 86)
Pinebluff, North Carolina
Nationality  United States
Residence Hilton Head, South Carolina
College North Carolina
Turned professional 1955
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins 18
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
PGA Tour Champions 2
Other 11 (regular)
4 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T17: 1957
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T28: 1964

Purvis Jennings "Jim" Ferree (born June 10, 1931) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.[1]

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.[2][3] Ferree played college golf at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.[4] Following service in the U.S. Army, he turned professional in late 1955.[5]

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.[4] He spent most of his thirties and forties as the director of golf at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina.[6]

Ferree was later a club pro and joined the Senior PGA Tour at age fifty in 1981.[1] He was chosen by PGA Commissioner Deane Beman to be the model for the knickers-wearing player on the Senior Tour's logo.[7][8] 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.

In 1991, he became the first golfer inducted into the University of North Carolina's Hall of Fame.[4] He lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina with his wife, Karen, also a former champion golfer.[6]

Professional wins (18)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (11)[edit]

this list is probably incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Jul 20, 1986 Greater Grand Rapids Open 68-66-70=204 –9 Playoff United States Gene Littler, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
2 May 26, 1991 Bell Atlantic Classic 67-69-72=208 –8 2 strokes United States Jim Colbert, United States Lee Trevino

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 The Greenbrier American Express Championship United States Don January Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1986 Greater Grand Rapids Open United States Gene Littler, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1987 Seniors International Golf Championship United States Al Geiberger Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 1989 GTE Suncoast Classic New Zealand Bob CharlesUnited States, Dave Hill,
South Africa Harold Henning
Charles won with birdie on third extra hole
Ferree and Hill eliminated with birdie on first hole

Other senior wins (4)[edit]

this list is probably incomplete

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


  • YouTube – Jim Ferree interview (2014)


  1. ^ a b Kienzl, Ray (July 3, 1989). "Ferree finds new career begins at 50". Pittsburgh Press. p. D-9. 
  2. ^ "Purvis Ferree senior pro-am set for Lexington". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. May 13, 1989. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Wehrle, Bruce (May 19, 1989). "Ferree honored". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. (photo). p. 11. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. 
  5. ^ "Jim Ferree bids fair to become big golf name". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. December 17, 1955. p. 10. 
  6. ^ a b "Ferree Is At Home At Long Cove Club". Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  7. ^ Ferree, Jim (September 2, 1999). "My shot". Sports Illustrated. p. G18. 
  8. ^ "Home Course: Jim Ferree". Discover South Carolina. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 

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