Larry Gilbert

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Larry Gilbert
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Allen Gilbert, Sr.
Born (1942-11-19)November 19, 1942
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Died January 21, 1998(1998-01-21) (aged 55)
Lexington, Kentucky
Nationality  United States
College Middle Tennessee State University
Status Professional
Former tour(s) Champions Tour
Professional wins 21
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 1976, 1978, 1979
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 73rd: 1983

Lawrence Allen Gilbert, Sr. (November 19, 1942 – January 21, 1998) was an American professional golfer best known for winning the 1997 Senior Players Championship, one of the major championships on the Senior PGA Tour.

Gilbert was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was a distinguished member of the golf team. Gilbert led Middle Tennessee State to victory in the 1965 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships for which Gilbert won the individual medal.

Gilbert spent most of his regular career years as a club pro in Kentucky and Tennessee. He won the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1981, 1982 and 1991. He also won ten Kentucky PGA Championships, three Kentucky Opens, one Tennessee Open and one Tennessee PGA Championship. Gilbert was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 1992; he is also a member of the Middle Tennessee State University Athletics Hall of Fame. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (later known as the Champions Tour) upon turning 50 in 1992.

Gilbert died in Lexington, Kentucky of lung cancer at the age of 55. He had started smoking cigarettes at an early age, and was often seen smoking a cigar while playing. He won the Senior Players Championship only 192 days before he died.[1] He was survived by his wife, Brenda, and sons, Larry Jr. and Christopher.

Regular career wins[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 24, 1994 Dallas Reunion Pro-Am −8 (67-68-67=202) 1 stroke United States George Archer, United States Rocky Thompson
2 Oct 2, 1994 Vantage Championship −18 (66-66-66=198) 1 stroke United States Raymond Floyd
3 Jul 13, 1997 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (67-68-72-67=274) 3 strokes Japan Isao Aoki, United States Bob Dickson,
United States Jack Kiefer, United States Dave Stockton
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1997 Home Depot Invitational United States Jim Dent, United States Lee Trevino Dent won with birdie on second extra hole
Gilbert eliminated on first hole

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1997 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (67-68-72-67=274) 3 strokes Japan Isao Aoki, United States Bob Dickson,
United States Jack Kiefer, United States Dave Stockton

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

  • PGA Cup: 1976 (winners), 1977 (tie), 1981 (tie), 1982 (winners), 1983, 1992 (winners)


  1. ^ "A Lesson from Gilbert's Death". Sports Illustrated January 28, 1998. 

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