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Long before building a mini-empire that would make Wharton Business School grads proud, Jerry Pate was a pretty fair golfer. Okay, more than fair. He was world-class, or certainly trending in that direction. If he wasn’t in Jack Nicklaus’ or Johnny Miller’s class, he at least had them on speed dial.
A top collegiate player at the University of Alabama, Pate won the U.S. Amateur in 1974 and excelled in several competitions, including the Walker Cup. He turned pro a year later, famously winning the 1976 U.S. Open at Atlanta Athletic Club with one of the most famous shots in the event’s history, a 5-iron from 190 yards over water to set up a kick-in birdie for a two-shot victory over Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf.
Pate would win the Canadian Open later that summer and was named PGA Tour rookie of the year co-player of the year. Six years later, he won the first Players Championship played at was then considered a controversial TPC-Sawgrass, tossing commissioner Deane Beman and architect Pete Dye into the water before taking his own celebratory dive.
But a shoulder injury suffered while hitting practice balls derailed his career, and Pate’s victory total stalled at eight. Given his start in the game, and the immense success he enjoyed, and certainly the number of victories he piled up at a young age, it is always fair to wonder what might have been for the long-time Pensacola resident.