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Champions Spotlight Gay Brewer Jr.

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.

COMPETITIVE HISTORY

Amateur Wins

1949 Kentucky State Boys, U.S. Junior Amateur

1950 Kentucky State Boys

1951 Kentucky State Boys

1952 Southern Amateur

Professional Wins

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)

Other Wins

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

Robert Gay Brewer Jr.

March 19, 1932 – August 31, 2007

There is a rich history of accomplished golfers in the Kentucky Section of the PGA of America. We honor and recognize the KPGA Professionals who have and continue to represent the Kentucky Section through their playing abilities.

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