Pat Bradley 1974 – 1995
Pat became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won 31 tour events, including six major championships and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is NEGM’s top golf professional from New England. Pat Bradley was the first LPGA player to cross the $2 million, $3 million and $4 million milestones in career earnings. Born in Westford, Massachusetts, Pat Bradley was the only daughter among six children of Richard and Kay Bradley. Her father was an avid golfer, and her brothers include Mark, a PGA club professional in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, whose son Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011. The Bradley’s were named “Golf Family of the Year” in 1989 by the National Golf Foundation. There’s a cowbell in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Pat Bradley is the reason why. When Bradley won her first LPGA Tour event in 1976, her mother, back home in New England, stepped out on the family’s back porch and celebrated by clanging a cowbell. And Mom did the same thing for every win Bradley had on the LPGA Tour.
Julius Boros 1949 – 1975
Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Boros played varsity baseball in college. He worked as an accountant, played high-standard amateur golf, and did not turn professional until 1949, when he was already 29 years old. Boros had 25 professional wins including three major championships: the 1952 and 1963 U.S. Opens and the 1968 PGA Championship. In the windy 1963 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Boros defeated Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in a playoff. Boros remains the oldest player ever to win a modern major in 1968, taking the PGA Championship in San Antonio by a stroke at the age of 48. One of the runners-up was again Arnold Palmer, who never won the PGA Championship to complete his career grand slam.
Brad Faxon 1981-2013
Brad Faxon was actually born in Oceanport, New Jersey in 1961 and moved to Rhode Island at a very young age. Faxon has won eight times on the PGA Tour and played on two Ryder Cup teams. While admittedly not a great driver of the golf ball or a great ball-striker, Faxon has built a reputation as one of the best pure putters in golf history. He led the PGA Tour in Putting Average in 1996, 1999, and 2000 (when he set the single-season record with only 1.704 putts/greens in regulation). Brad Faxon has played in over 700 events on the PGA Tour where he had 8 wins and earned over $18 million in earnings. In the last 5 years Brad has played in 82 events on The Champions Tour he has won 2 times and earned over 1.5 Million. His work with Billy Andrade on the CVS Charity Classic over the last 17 years has made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many through over $18 Million raised for charities since 1999.
Billy Andrade 1983-2014
Billy Andrade was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He has four wins on the PGA Tour: the 1991 Kemper Open and Buick Classic, the 1998 Bell Canadian Open, and the 2000 Invensys Classic. He was the first golfer to win on the PGA Tour using the ProV1 golf ball at the 2000 Invensys Classic in Las Vegas. He played in 633 events on the PGA Tour with over $12 Million in earnings. For the last two years has played in 39 Champions Tour Events with 2 wins, 12 Top 10 finishes and over $1.75 million in tour earnings. Andrade is also an active contributor to charity. He and fellow PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon received the Golf Writers of America’s 1999 Charlie Bartlett Award for their “unselfish contributions to society”, and the American Heart Association’s 2002 Gold Heart Award in recognition of their charity efforts. Also in 2002, Andrade and Faxon were named winners of the 2002 Ambassadors of Golf Award. Together, they run Billy Andrade/Brad Faxon Charities for Children, Inc. and are together are the host for the CVS Charity Classic held in Rhode Island each year.
Keegan Bradley 2011-2015
Keegan Bradley the elder child of Mark Bradley, a head professional from New England. Keegan after a stint with ski racing in his teen years chose golf as his first love and became an accomplished high school player. Bradley attended St. John’s University and won nine collegiate events before graduating in 2008. Keegan Bradley burst on the scene in his rookie season on the PGA Tour with wins at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which qualified him for the WGC Bridgestone Classic where he held onto the lead for three rounds and finished T15. One week later at the PGA Tour Championship Bradley became the first New Englander in nearly 45 years to win a Major Championship. In December of 2011 Keegan was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for his amazing season. Bradley won his third PGA Tour event at the WGC Bridgestone in 2012 by one stroke over Jim Furyk, getting back the one that got away from him in 2011 and qualifying him for his first Ryder Cup that year. He has played in over 156 events in his professional career with nearly $16 Million in earnings.
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Dana Quigley 1971-2015 The Ironman
Dana Quigley was born in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1969 and turned professional in 1971. His best finish on the PGA Tour was sixth at the 1980 Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1997, Quigley became eligible to play in senior golf tournaments, and he soon became a leading player at this level playing more events consecutively than any other player in history. Dana has played in over 550 professional events and has had nearly $15.5 million in earnings, almost all of it from the Senior and Champions Tours.
JJ Henry 1998-2015
Henry was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. While attending Texas Christian University, he was the individual runner up at the 1998 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and turned pro later that year. JJ has played in over 500 events on tour and won three times on the PGA Tour and once on The Nationwide Tour. His first PGA Tour win came in 2006 at the Buick Championship followed by the 2012 Reno – Tahoe Open and in 2015 at the Barracuda Championship. He has earned over $15.5 million in earnings in 17 years in his professional career.
Allen Doyle 1995-2013
Allen Doyle was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and raised in the Boston suburb of Norwood, Massachusetts. Allen did not turn professional until he was 46. In 1998 he joined the Senior Tour and won four official money events in 1999 including the Senior PGA Championship. In 2001 he won his second senior major, the Senior Players Championship, and led the tour on the money list. In 2005 he claimed a third major at the U.S. Senior Open. He successfully defended his U.S. Senior Open title in 2006 becoming the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion at 57. In 450 events he earned over $13.8 million in his career.
Tim Petrovic 1989-2015
Tim Petrovic was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has won one PGA Tour tournament, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2005. He has found his way in 26 years to maintain some status on the Tours. He has played in 475 events and with only the one win and 5-second place finishes and has remarkably earned over $12.5 million in earnings in his career. To his credit he has made over 200 cuts out of 374 events on the PGA Tour
Brett Quigley 1999-2015
Quigley was born in Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He is the nephew of PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfer Dana Quigley. He won the 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur and attended the University of South Carolina, where he was twice an Academic All-American, before turning professional in 1991. He has had two wins on the Nationwide Tour in 1996 and 2001.In 470 events Bret has had over 100 top 25 finishes and 8 second place finishes and has over $11.6 million in career earnings.
Scott Stallings 2011-2015
Scott Stallings was born in Worcester, MA and has played in over 129 events on the PGA Tour and 32 events on the Web.Com Tour since 2007. Scott has won 3 times on the PGA Tour at The Greenbrier Classic in 2011, The True South Classic in 2012 and at The Farmers Insurance Open in 2014. His career earnings are over $7.3 million On July 7, 2015, Stallings was given a three-month suspension for violating the Tour’s drug policy. He took a supplement that was on the banned substances list and self-reported his violation to the PGA Tour.
James Driscoll 2001 -2015
Driscoll was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts outside of Boston. He won his first and only professional event at the 2004 Nationwide Tour event the Virginia Beach Open. His runner up finish in the U.S. Amateur in 2000 getting him into the Maters in 2001 where he fired an great opening round of 68 while playing with Tom Watson. Brett has played in over 320 professional events earning $6.3 million in his career.
Patrick Sheehan 1992- 2014
Sheehan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He played golf at University of Hartford with other future PGA Tour golfers Tim Petrovic and Jerry Kelly. Sheehan has two wins on the Nationwide Tour, most recently a playoff victory at the 2009 Athens Regional Foundation Classic over Michael Sim. In 23 years on both the Nationwide and PGA Tour Patrick and had 9 Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour. Sheehan in that time has earned over $5 million in his career.
Brad Adamonis 1996-2015
Brad Adamonis was born in Cumberland, RI, he began his professional career after college at Miami of Ohio in 1996 and played in his first Nationwide Tour events beginning in 1999. In the last 18 years Brad has played on both the web.com & PGA Tours. His first Tour win came at the WNB Classic in Texas in 2007. In 2008 on The PGA Tour at The John Deere Classic Brad lost to Kenny Perry in a playoff for his best PGA Tour finish. In 270 + events over 18 years Brad has earned nearly $1.7 million in his career.
Jim Renner 2007-2015
Jim Renner was born in Boston, MA and lived in Plainville, MA. He was a standout college golfer at Johnson & Wales University where he won the NAIA College Championship in 2005. Jim started his professional career in 2007 and has played on both the Web.Com and PGA Tours for the last 8 years earning over $1.5 million for his career.
Fran Quinn 1988-2015
Fran Quinn was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and attended Northwestern University where he graduated in 1987. Quinn played his first full season on the Nationwide Tour, then Ben Hogan Tour, in 1991, where he made 13 of 25 cuts. He later in the year finished T8 at Q-School, obtaining his PGA Tour card for 1992. He has won 4 times on the Nationwide Tour in 1991,1999, 2000 and 2010. He has played on the Champions Tour in 2014 and 2015. Fran has earned over $1.4 million in career earnings.
Jon Curran 2010-2015
Jon Curran was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Curran turned professional in 2009. He played on the NGA Pro Golf Tour in 2013, winning one event and topping the money list. He finished 12th on the 2014 Web.com Tour regular-season money list, earning a PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season after a win at The Brazil Championship. Curran’s best PGA Tour finish is a playoff loss at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. He has played 57 events on both tours with earnings of over $1.35 Million in his career.
Rob Oppenheim 2002-2015
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Oppenheim played for the Andover High School golf team, where he made the all-scholastic team. Oppenheim turned professional in September 2002. Since then, he has played on the Canadian Tour, Cleveland Tour, Hooter’s Winter Series, and Moonlight Tour. This year Rob got his first professional win at the Web,com Air Capital Classic in Wichhita, Kansas. His career earnings are currently just under $700,000