It was not by Bob Dickson best 18-hole score – it remains a 59 he shot as a 19-year-old in 1963 at Muskogee Country Club in his native Oklahoma.

But the former PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions winner and former Tour executive wonders if he’ll ever have a more memorable day than May 12 at Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Dickson birdied his first four holes, including a chip-in at No. 1, and then fired a 9-under 63 to cut 15 shots from his age of 78.

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“I’m still shaking my head about it,” he said hours after the tour, which he played with TPC Sawgrass “Munchkins,” a core group of founding members and former Tour employees and players. who do it as often as five times a week on the Stade or Vallée courses. ” Everything was going fine. At my age I played as often as time and body parts allowed and today time and body parts allowed.

Dickson played with Peter Kuchar, the father of the 2012 players champion Matt Kuchar, Joe Monahan, the father of the PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, and former Tour staff member Sid Wilson.

Kuchar finished second in the group with 80-17 shots behind Dickson.

“It was an outstanding day,” Kuchar said. “It was a joy to see Bob play the way he did.”‘

Dickson played a mixed version of the complex and front tees, which totaled around 5,400 yards.

After his opening chip-in, Dickson birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 4 on putts of 10 feet or less. He then drained a 30ft par attempt at No 5, after hooking his dead tee shot into a tree, the ball bouncing down the fairway, but only 50 yards in front of the tee.

Dickson had 100 yards on his third shot.

He birdied No. 7 and shot at 5 under, then birdied No. 10, 12, 15 and 18 on the back nine. Dickson blasted out of a bunker for a birdie at 15 and made a twisted putt from 15 feet for a birdie at last.

“I kept wondering who I was and what someone had done with the old Bob,” he said.

Dickson had magical days with the Munchkins. In 2011 he made an albatross at number 2, a hole in one at number 8 and shot 66.

“I have a great time with these guys every time I go out,” he said. “Whether I shoot 63 or 79, it’s always nice.”

Dickson was an All-American at Oklahoma State in the 1960s and won the 1967 US Amateur and British Amateur. His two PGA Tour titles included the 1973 Tour stop at Torrey Pines, and he won his PGA Tour Champions event at Upper Montclair (NJ) Country Club, the site of this week’s LPGA tournament. He beat a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame larry nelson and Jim Colbert in a playoff.

Dickson served as Director of Marketing for the TPC Network, was a Champions Tour Rules Official, and was the first Tournament Director of the Korn Ferry Tour when it formed in 1990 as the Nike Tour.

Four balls in Birmingham

Two teams with area residents face off this week in the American Amateur Four-Ball at the Country Club of Birmingham (Alabama) West and East Courses.

Stroke play qualifying will take place on Saturday and Sunday at both courses. The top 32 teams will qualify for match play on the West Course starting Monday.

Defending Jacksonville amateur champion Mike Smith plays this week at the US Four-Ball.

Defending Jacksonville Amateur Champion mike smith of Ponte Vedra Beach will play with Will Davenport of Palm City. Their stroke play tee times are 9:48 a.m. from No. 1 East Course on Saturday and 1:12 p.m. from No. 1 West Course on Sunday.

Smith is a Nease graduate who played college golf at James Madison. Davenport is a former Yale golfer.

Toby Ragland of Jacksonville, a former University of Florida player and Bartram Trail graduate, will play with Jayce Barber of High Springs, the brother of Korn Ferry Tour member Blayne Barber. They will leave from n°1 of the East course at 12:24 p.m. on Saturday and from n°1 of the West course at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Latkowski wins Florida Mid-Am

Joey Latkowski of Port St. Lucie defeated Jake Shervin d’Estero in 20 holes to win the Florida Mid-Amateur last week at the Oaks Club in Osprey. It was Latkowski’s second Mid-Am State victory in three years.

Three players from the zone qualified for match play. jeff gold of Jacksonville tied for third at 4-under 140 (69-71), Devon Hopkins Atlantic Beach tied for 17th (147) and Alex Cave de Saint-Augustin tied for 21st (148).

Grote won a match, beating austin collins of Deerfield Beach 2 and 1, before falling in the second round in 19 holes for austin powell from Fort Lauderdale. Golden, who recently won the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Match Play, and Hopkins fell in the first round.

graze in the grass

Andrew Kunkel of Jacksonville led four First Coast players to the top-10 at the Florida Junior Tour’s Grasslands Open for ages 16-18 at Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland.

Kunkle had rounds of 73-74—147 tied for fifth place, five strokes behind the winner Mohit Balaji from Kissimmee. Henry Robard of Jacksonville, Cody Tucker from the Atlantic beach and Jackson Klauk de Saint-Augustin tied for ninth at 149.