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Frank Beard

Frank Beard

American golfer, PGA Tour member
Frank Beard
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Intro American golfer, PGA Tour member
A.K.A. Joseph Franklin Beard
Is Athlete Golfer
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 May 1939, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Age 81 years
Star sign Taurus
Education
University of Florida
Awards
University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame  
Sports Teams
Florida Gators men's golf
The details

Biography

Joseph Beard (born May 1, 1939) is an American former professional golfer who was a member of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Beard won eleven PGA Tour events.

Early life and education

Joseph Beard was born as Joseph Franklin Beard on May 1, 1939, in Dallas, Texas. He attended Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and won the Kentucky state high school golf championship as a senior in 1957. Later, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida

College career

While at the University of Florida, he played for coach Conrad Rehling's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1958 to 1961. He was recognized as an All-American in 1960 and 1961. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1961, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."

Professional career

Beard turned professional in 1962. He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1969 with earnings of $175,223. He has eleven wins on the tour including victories in the Tournament of Champions in 1967 and 1970.

He was a member of the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup in 1969 and 1971 and had a 2–3–3 win-loss-half record. His best finishes in a major tournament were a third-place finish and a tie for third in the 1965 and 1975 U.S. Opens. After turning 50 years old, he played on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour), where he won the 1990 Murata Reunion Pro-Am.

Beard is probably best known as the author of Pro, the story of his year on the tour in 1969. The book revealed many of the more mundane parts of life on the pro tour for the middle tier of golfers with families. Commentators called the book "humorous and insightful," showing the human side of the PGA Tour.

Beard has also worked as a golf commentator on ESPN. He was inducted as a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

Professional wins (14)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory 
Runner(s)-up 
Nov 10, 1963 Frank Sinatra Open Invitational −6 (68-72-69-69=278) 1 stroke Jerry Steelsmith 
Apr 25, 1965 Texas Open Invitational −10 (70-67-65-68=270) 3 strokes Gardner Dickinson 
May 16, 1966 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −12 (68-71-70-67=276) 2 strokes Gardner Dickinson 
Apr 16, 1967 Tournament of Champions −6 (65-68-74-71=278) 1 stroke Arnold Palmer 
May 7, 1967 Houston Champions International −10 (67-70-70-67=274) 1 stroke Arnold Palmer 
Jul 9, 1967 500 Festival Open Invitation −9 (70-71-69-69=279) 3 strokes Rod Funseth, Rives McBee 
Jul 13, 1969 Minnesota Golf Classic −15 (69-67-67-66=269) 7 strokes Tommy Aaron, Hugh Inggs 
Aug 3, 1969 Westchester Classic −13 (69-72-67-67=275) 1 stroke Bert Greene 
Apr 26, 1970 Tournament of Champions −15 (70-64-68-71=273) 7 strokes Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin,
Gary Player 
10 Aug 9, 1970 American Golf Classic −4 (73-65-67-71=276) 2 strokes Tommy Aaron, Bruce Crampton,
Jack Nicklaus 
11 May 2, 1971 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −12 (70-71-67-68=276) 1 stroke Hubert Green 

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result 
1968 American Golf Classic Lee Elder, Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Beard eliminated with birdie on first hole 
1969 Greater New Orleans Open Larry Hinson Lost to par on third extra hole 
1974 World Open Golf Championship Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy,
Jack Nicklaus 
Miller won with birdie on second extra hole
Murphy eliminated with par on first hole 

Other wins (2)

  • 1964 Kentucky Open
  • 1967 Waterloo Open Golf Classic

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up 
Apr 29, 1990 Murata Reunion Pro-Am −9 (66-67-74=207) 2 strokes Walt Zembriski 

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult 
1989 Northville Long Island Classic Butch Baird, Don Bies,
Orville Moody 
Baird won with birdie on first extra hole 

Results in major championships

Tournament 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 
Masters Tournament  T8 T22 T26 T5 T19 T9 T41 T24 T22 CUT T43 
U.S. Open CUT T17 T54 T52 T50 T22 CUT CUT T25 T12 T3 CUT 
The Open Championship        CUT T19     
PGA Championship T33 T45 11 T7 T6 10 T55 T13 T53 T46 T11 CUT  

Empty boxes =  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made 
Masters Tournament0001481211 
U.S. Open00222613
The Open Championship0000012
PGA Championship0000361211 
Totals00239213932 
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 20 (1964 PGA – 1971 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (three times)

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

  • Ryder Cup: 1969 (winners), 1971 (winners)
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