Class of 2012

David Price

Golf Professional / Teacher


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David developed his golf game on the golf teams for Odessa Permian High School and later for the University of Texas, where his golf team won back to back national championships in 1971-1972. That team was led by well-known players, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. Following graduation, his coach and great mentor, George Hannon, encouraged him to pursue a career as a golf professional. Graduating with a degree in Finance in 1972, he began his professional career as an Assistant Professional at Houston Country Club. David vividly remembers charging $5.00 for his first golf lesson and then having to share half of it with the head professional as part of their agreement. However, at that moment, he recognized that his desire to learn more about the golf swing and the game he loved would lead him on a life long career in the business of golf.

On March 22, 1985 David began his term as the Head Golf Professional at Bent Tree Country Club. He recalls that key factors in his selection were his keen knowledge of the handicap system and his pioneering efforts in computerizing handicap scores as well as his experience in conducting PGA Tour events, a necessary requirement with the forthcoming Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am at Bent Tree. A couple of years later, David was invited to be one of 15 PGA Golf Professionals to write the first tournament manual for the PGA with his emphasis being computerized handicapping.

In 1986, the PGA of America invited David to join their Rules Committee. Over the years, David climbed up the ranks and served as the Chairman of the Rules Committee for four years, completing his tenure in December of 2012. In his capacity, David has officiated in several major events: The Masters, The Ryder Cup, The U. S. Open, The British Open and the PGA Championship. He also conducts rules workshops for and by the PGA of America, and represented the PGA of America on the USGA’s Rules of Golf Committee during the rewriting of the USGA rules book in 2016.

David was selected to the PGA of America Hall of Fame in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 2000, but the highlight of his career and his proudest moment was in 1995 when he was honored as the Golf Professional of the Year by the PGA of America.

David has worked with and mentored a large number of golf enthusiasts who have aspired to grow and prosper as golf professionals. He is proud to have guided 21 of his assistants to become Head Golf Professionals and one who became the women's golf coach at the University of Texas.

David says that the greatest joy in life has been the family which he and his wife of 42 years, Dale Ann, raised. David closely cherishes his family and has enjoyed many great sport related activities with all of them.

Birthplace: Bryan, Texas

Born: October 8, 1949

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