Hugh Royer Jr.

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Hugh Royer Jr.
Personal information
Full name William Hugh Royer Jr.
Born (1936-08-19)August 19, 1936
Eastman, Georgia
Died September 12, 2014(2014-09-12) (aged 78)
Columbus, Georgia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14.1 st)
Nationality  United States
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 1959
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T22: 1968
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T48: 1970

William Hugh Royer Jr. (August 19, 1936 – September 12, 2014[1]) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Royer was born in Eastman, Georgia.[2] During his youth, his family moved to Columbus, Georgia, where he learned the game of golf from Fred Haskins and Charlie Harper at the Columbus Country Club. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens where his love for the sport of golf was further nurtured by the legendary coach Howell Hollis.[3] While a student at Georgia, Royer was a standout basketball player and captain of the golf team.[4] He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in 1959.

In 1958, he won the Georgia State Amateur and the Southern Amateur tournaments. He turned pro in 1959 and won the St. Charles Open in his first pro event. Royer won one PGA Tour event, the biggest win of his career, at the 1970 Western Open, then considered to be one of the most prestigious non-major tournaments in men's professional golf. His best finish in a major was T-22 at the 1968 U.S. Open.[5] He spent 14 years playing on the PGA Tour.

Like most professional golfers of his generation, Royer earned his living primarily as a club pro as very few could afford the Tour full-time. He was head pro at Callaway Gardens from 1960 to 1966. Later, he was head pro at Bull Creek Golf Club in Columbus. Royer served as president of the Georgia PGA and was honored as Georgia Golf Professional of the Year in 1983. He was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in January 1989.[3]

Royer also coached golf at Columbus State University. During his tenure as Associate Coach, the Cougars of Columbus State won five NCAA Division II titles.[4]

Royer lived in Columbus, Georgia. His son, Hugh Royer III, is a professional golfer with multiple wins on the Nike Tour.

Amateur wins

Professional wins

PGA Tour wins

Other wins


  1. ^ "Royer Jr., 78, won Western Open during Tour career". GolfWeek. September 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 165. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  3. ^ a b "Biographical information from Georgia Golf Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Biographical information from Columbus State University Athletic Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2006-02-26. Retrieved October 12, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 9, 2008. 
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