Marty Fleckman

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Marty Fleckman
Personal information
Full name Martin A. Fleckman
Born (1944-04-23) April 23, 1944 (age 73)
Port Arthur, Texas
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Houston
Turned professional 1967
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1969
U.S. Open T18: 1967
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T4: 1968

Martin A. Fleckman (born April 23, 1944) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas,[1] Fleckman credits Byron Nelson, Carl Lohren, and Jim Hardy with teaching him how to play golf.[2][3] 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,[1] where he was a three-time All-American member of the golf team: third-team in 1964, first-team in 1965 and 1966.[4] 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,[5][6] but shot 80 (+10) on Sunday amid a surge by eventual champion Jack Nicklaus.[2][7][8] The last amateur to lead the U.S. Open at 54 holes was Johnny Goodman, 34 years earlier in 1933.[1] (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.[7]

In his first start on the PGA Tour in December 1967, Fleckman won the Cajun Classic Open Invitational in a playoff.[1] 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.[9][10] It was his third consecutive birdie, finishing regulation play with two.[9] Fleckman is only one of four other players to win his first tour event,[3] 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.[11]

Fleckman was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 and the University of Houston Hall of Honor in 2006.[2][3] He also received the prestigious 2007 Teacher of the Year Award for the Southern Texas Section of the PGA.[3] He currently works as director of golf instruction at Blackhorse Teaching Center in Texas.[4]

Amateur wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Dec 3, 1967 Cajun Classic Open Invitational 67-68-71-69=275 −13 Playoff United States Jack Montgomery

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1967 Cajun Classic Open Invitational United States Jack Montgomery Won with birdie on first extra hole

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 64–5. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  2. ^ a b c "Marty Fleckman, PGA Professional". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Biographical information from Marty Fleckman's website". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Biographical information from University of Houston Athletics official site". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 18, 1967). "Amateur Fleckman regains Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  6. ^ Grimsley, Will (June 18, 1967). "Fleckman fires 69, leads U.S. Open by stroke at 209". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. D-1. 
  7. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 19, 1967). "Nicklaus shoots 65, wins Open". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3. 
  8. ^ Wright, Alfred (June 26, 1967). "Jack Delivers the Crusher". Sports Illustrated. p. 22. 
  9. ^ a b "Fleckman's 30-footer nets Cajun, PGA mark". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 4, 1967. p. 2B. 
  10. ^ "Fleckman victor in playoff". Chicago Tribune. UPI. December 4, 1967. p. 4, sec. 3. 
  11. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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