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Hale Irwin is the most decorated golf player in history. The winner of three U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens and one victorious U.S. Ryder Cup , he inspires audiences to overcome challenges and not give up.
At the University of Colorado, Hale was an unusual two-sport athlete: a four year letterman in golf, eventually winning the Big 8 Conference Championship two years in a row and the 1967 NCAA Championship, as well as a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a football defensive back. During his time at CU, Hale was also a three time Academic All-American. After a football accident dislocated a few of his fingers, he noticed that his swing was left unaffected and gravitated more towards golf.
An inductee to the World Golf Hall of Fame, Hale has won 45 Champions Tour titles and tops the all-time Champions Tour money list. He has finished in the top 3 in 44%, in the top 10 in 72% of his starts on the Champions Tour, and continues to play today out of his love for the sport.
Hale is the founder of the Hale Irwin St. Louis Children’s Hospital Golf Benefit, a charity tournament that he has continued to participate in for 25 years and running. Funds raised from the tournament have been used to build the Hale Irwin Center for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he often pays visits to the young patients.
Hall of Fame PGA Golfer
Hale Irwin, one of golf′s greatest players, is a PGA Tour Player and Senior PGA Tour Player. He finish 1st in the 2002 ACE Group Classic. And ranks 1st in Charles Schwab Cup Points on the SENIOR PGA TOUR. Hale is the winner of 68 professional events worldwide, including 52 PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour victories. He is also a five-time member of the US Ryder Cup Team and was named US Playing Captain for the inaugural President′s Cup in 1994. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
Hale also won the 1995 Senior PGA Tour “Rookie of the Year”, 1997 and 1998 Senior PGA Tour “Player of the Year”, 1997 and 1998 Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average, and 1997 and 1998 Arnold Palmer Award as leading money winner.
Some of his Senior PGA Tour victories are: 1995 Ameritech Senior Open, Vantage Championship, 1996 American Express Invitational, PGA Seniors′ Championship, 1997 MasterCard Championship, LG Championship, PGA Seniors′ Championship, Las Vegas Senior Classic, Burnet Senior Classic, Bank Boston Classic, Boone Valley Classic, Vantage Championship, Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic, 1998 Toshiba Senior Classic, PGA Seniors′ Championship, Las Vegas Senior Classic, Ameritech Senior Open, U.S. Senior Open, Bank Boston Classic, Energizer SENIOR TOUR Championship, 1999 Nationwide Championship, Boone Valley Classic, FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, Ameritech Senior Open, Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic, 2000 Nationwide Championship, BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland, U.S. Senior Open. EMC Kaanapali Classic, and 2001 Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley, Bruno′s Memorial Classic, Turtle Bay Championship.
In 2000, he claimed four official victories, the fourth straight year he won four or more titles in a season.
Hale ranks 3rd on the Senior PGA Tour money list, with winnings of $2,147,422 in the 2001 season.
In addition to playing golf, Hale has been involved in designing golf courses. His company has designed the TPC at Wakefield Plantation, future site of the Senior Tour′s SAS Championship, among other courses.
Hale also is proud to conduct a charity golf tournament in St. Louis each year to benefit the St. Louis Children′s Hospital and the Hale Irwin Center for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at that facility
Asked about the biggest lesson he’s learn in his life that has contributed to his pro-golf success, Hale Irwin discusses how his family taught him the importance of working through tough times. He shares the true-life story of how he came close to backing out of a tournament after a dismal first round, but changed his mind at the last minute when he imagined his father on his shoulder. Ironically, his performance turned around the next day and he went on to win the entire tournament.
“My father tried to instill in me a long time ago that once you start something, see it through,” Irwin says. Even when things are uncomfortable, difficult, or simply not what you thought they would be, Irwin comments that his father emphasized the importance of finishing what you started. “At the end you’ll be rewarded, either with that goal that you’re seeking, or the experience of having done it will set you on a better trail for future decisions.”
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