Dick Forester


Dick Forester was Texas Section (PGA) president in 1955 and 1956 and Texas Section Professional of the Year in 1956. He was Vice President of the PGA of America from 1962 to 1964 and Secretary of the Southern Texas PGA in 1968 and 1969. In addition, he served as president of the Southern Texas PGA in 1970 and 1971 and as Vice President of the PGA of America for an additional term from 1974 to 1976.

Forester was inducted into the All-American Hall of Fame in 1973 and named Century Senior of the Year in 1978. The Southern Texas PGA created an award in his name, the Dick Forester Quarter Century Award.

Dick, a club pro in the Detroit area, came to Texas in 1944 at the invitation of Jimmy Demaret, who had joined the U.S. Navy and was on a leave of absence from River Oaks Country Club. Dick, then 29, was the interim pro there. He had been declared unsuitable for military service because of a bad knee, a memento of his football-playing days at Purdue. Forester liked Texas, so he jumped at the opportunity to replace Willie Maguire as the head pro at Houston Country Club, where he served for 22 years. In 1969, he left to open Bear Creek Golf World. Dick was the Head Professional, General Manager and part owner in Bear Creek until his retirement in August of 1980. From 1980 until his death, he continued to be active in the golf business as an advisor, consultant, and his most favorite past time - being a rules official for all major tournaments in and around Texas.

Forester was also a basketball official for 25 years, including eight years in the Southwest and Lone Star Conferences.

Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan

Born: February 1, 1915

Died: March 4, 2002

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