Lee Buck Trevino

portrait of Lee Trevino
At Legends of Golf tourney, Savannah, Georgia, photo by Keith Allison (19 April 2010)

Born: 1 December 1939, Dallas, Texas

"Super Mex" was born in poverty to parents of Mexican descent, he never knew his father and was raised by his mother and her father, a gravedigger. He first worked in the cotton fields at age five. He started playing golf with one rusty club and some used balls, sneaking into country clubs to practice. At eight he started caddying, after eighth grade he had to quit school and worked full time, caddying and shining shoes. At seventeen he joined the Marine Corps and spent four years, although the last year and a half was mostly spent golfing with officers. He has said that learning to be a desirable golf partner was what got him his sergeant's stripes. 1967 was his first year on the PGA circuit, he came in fifth in the US Open and was 45th in the money rankings for the year. The next year he won the Open for the first time, he has 29 PGA Tour wins, 21 other pro wins, and six majors to his credit. He joined the senior tour in 1991 and is still playing, with 29 wins on the Champions Tour and ten other wins. He has a boatload of awards and two ex-wives.

Biography from Wikipedia and Golf Podium

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