Tom Nieporte

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Tom Nieporte
Personal information
Full name Thomas Nieporte
Born (1928-10-21)October 21, 1928
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died December 21, 2014(2014-12-21) (aged 86)
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1953
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Other 8
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T26: 1965
U.S. Open T17: 1958
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T5: 1964

Thomas Nieporte (October 21, 1928 – December 21, 2014) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nieporte grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University and was a distinguished member of the golf team, winning the NCAA Championship in 1951. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1983.

Nieporte turned pro in 1953. He played full-time on the PGA Tour for five years, but like most professional golfers of his generation, he spent most of his career earning his living as a club pro. He won three PGA Tour events. The biggest win of his career came in 1967 at the Bob Hope Desert Classic; the Champions Trophy was presented to Nieporte by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bob Hope. His best finish in a major was T5 at the 1964 PGA Championship.[1]

Nieporte co-authored the book "Mind over Golf" with Donald Sauers.

Nieporte was the head pro at Piping Rock Club on Long Island from 1963 to 1978. From 1978 until his retirement in 2006, he was the head pro at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, the site of five U.S. Opens and one PGA Championship. On December 21, 2014, Nieporte died at the age of 86 in Boca Raton, Florida.[2][3] He was survived by his wife Joan and their nine children.[4]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (11)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Aug 23, 1959 Rubber City Open Invitational −13 (67-69-65-66=267) 3 strokes United States Bob Goalby
2 Apr 3, 1960 Azalea Open −11 (64-68-72-73=277) 2 strokes United States Gay Brewer
3 Feb 5, 1967 Bob Hope Desert Classic −11 (76-68-68-68-69=349) 1 stroke United States Doug Sanders

Other wins (8)[edit]


  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Longtime Winged Foot head pro Nieporte dies". Golf Channel. December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Weinman, Sam (December 23, 2014). "Golf loses a class act with the death of longtime Winged Foot head pro Tom Nieporte". Golf Digest. 
  4. ^ Livsey, Laury (December 27, 2014). "Three-time Tour winner Nieporte passes away". PGA Tour. 

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