Robert Gay Brewer, Jr
1967 Masters Champion
Gay Robert Brewer Jr. was born in Middletown, Ohio in 1932, raised in Lexington, and went on to be a professional golfer on the PGA and Senior PGA Tours while collecting wins and performing well at all levels along the way. He attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship because, at the time, the school did not have golf scholarships.
Turing professional in 1956, he made his first cut at the Agua Caliente Open, tying for 12th. He would go on to win several events on professional tours including an impressive record in Majors; making 38 cuts over his career, earning a win (1967 Masters), 3 Top-5’s, 12 Top-10’s, 20 Top-20’s!
In 2006, Brewer was voted to the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2007, the golf course in Lexington where he learned to play was renamed the "Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome." He died later that year in his home and he is buried at Lexington Cemetery. With many great players coming from all parts of Kentucky over the years, Gay Brewer Jr. will forever be considered one of the best.
"Golf is a game that you can never get too good at. You can improve, but you can never get to where you master the game."
- Gay Brewer Jr.
1949 Kentucky State Boys, U.S. Junior Amateur
1950 Kentucky State Boys
1951 Kentucky State Boys
1952 Southern Amateur
1961 Carling Open Invitational
1961 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational
1961 West Palm Beach Open Invitational, Runner-Up: Arnold Palmer
1963 Waco Turner Open
1965 Greater Seattle Open Invitational
1965 Hawaiian Open
1966 Pensacola Open Invitational
1967 Pensacola Open Invitational
1967 Masters Tournament, Runner-Up: Bobby Nichols
1972 Canadian Open
Senior PGA Tour Wins
Sep 3, 1984 Citizens Union Senior Golf
1984 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Billy Casper)
1951 Kentucky Open (as an amateur)
1965 PGA National Four-ball Championship (with Butch Baird)
1967 Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship
1968 Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship
1972 Pacific Masters