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Great Golfers Americans Don't Know #3 Dave Thomas!

Great Golfers Americans Don’t Know #3 Dave Thomas!

Great Golfers Americans Don’t Know #3 Dave Thomas!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Recently, I posted a story about a Tour Player from South Africa that not many golf fans of today know. South African Bobby Locke had an amazing career, and I realized other highly successful players from the past need to be remembered.  

Great Golfers Americans Don't Know #3 Dave Thomas!

Welshman Dave Thomas 1924 – 2013.

Dave Thomas, Welshman, was one of Britain’s great golfers during the 1950s and ’60s. Thomas won more than a dozen tournaments in Britain and around Europe, including the French Open and the Dutch Open. He lost the British Open in a playoff with Peter Thompson in 1958 at Royal Lytham and finished runner-up at the 1966 Open, 1 stroke behind Jack Nicklaus. Pretty awesome!

Thomas also represented Great Britain in the Ryder cup in 1959, 1963, 1965, and 1967 with excellent results.  

He also represented Wales in the World Cup 11 times.

Thomas didn’t have the same success when he tried competing in the USA, but he was admired for his long, straight drives. He finished second in the St. Paul Open and won a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open in 1964.

What amazed me was that he set up a golf course design business after he retired from playing with health problems. Thomas designed over 100 courses, including PGA National courses at Ryder Cup venue The Belfry.

Many of my family and friends don’t know if I had a picture of Dave Thomas on my bedroom wall while I was still an amateur.  I didn’t know a lot about him, but the picture of his powerful swing inspired me to be a better golfer!

Great Golfers Americans Don't Know #3 Dave Thomas!

A young Brandel Chamblee with Paul Thomas, son of legendary Welsh golfer Dave Thomas (left)

Read Brandel Chamblee’s story remembering Dave Thomas. (A must-read)

Source:  Mel Sole

Pictures: Wikipedia  Golf Channel

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