|Full name||Martin A. Fleckman|
April 23, 1944 |
Port Arthur, Texas
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|College||University of Houston|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1969|
|U.S. Open||T18: 1967|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T4: 1968|
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Fleckman credits Byron Nelson, Carl Lohren, and Jim Hardy with teaching him how to play golf. At the age of 20 in 1964, Fleckman won the individual title at the Texas State Amateur. In 1965, he won the NCAA Championship while at the University of Houston, where he was a three-time All-American member of the golf team: third-team in 1964, first-team in 1965 and 1966. He was a member of the Walker Cup team in 1967.
While still an amateur, Fleckman played in the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1967. He led after the first and third rounds, but shot 80 (+10) on Sunday amid a surge by eventual champion Jack Nicklaus. The last amateur to lead the U.S. Open at 54 holes was Johnny Goodman, 34 years earlier in 1933. (Seven years earlier in 1960, Nicklaus led as an amateur during the final round.) Fleckman finished in a tie for 18th place and was the low amateur, a stroke ahead of Bob Murphy, who shot 69 in the final round.
In his first start on the PGA Tour in December 1967, Fleckman won the Cajun Classic Open Invitational in a playoff. At Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, he sank a 30-foot (9 m) birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Jack Montgomery and take the winner's share of $5,000. It was his third consecutive birdie, finishing regulation play with two. Fleckman is only one of four other players to win his first tour event, and has since been joined by Ben Crenshaw (1973), Robert Gamez (1990), and Garrett Willis (2001). His best finish in a major was a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship in 1968.
Fleckman was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 and the University of Houston Hall of Honor in 2006. He also received the prestigious 2007 Teacher of the Year Award for the Southern Texas Section of the PGA. He currently works as director of golf instruction at Blackhorse Teaching Center in Texas.
Amateur wins (4)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Dec 3, 1967||Cajun Classic Open Invitational||67-68-71-69=275||−13||Playoff||Jack Montgomery|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1967||Cajun Classic Open Invitational||Jack Montgomery||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
- Walker Cup: 1967 (winners)
- Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 64–5. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
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- Bartlett, Charles (June 19, 1967). "Nicklaus shoots 65, wins Open". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Wright, Alfred (June 26, 1967). "Jack Delivers the Crusher". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
- "Fleckman's 30-footer nets Cajun, PGA mark". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 4, 1967. p. 2B.
- "Fleckman victor in playoff". Chicago Tribune. UPI. December 4, 1967. p. 4, sec. 3.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-07.