Although Trevino said he hasn't been at the top of his game, extensive work on his short game in the off-season has enabled him to overcome his slump in 1991, when he won three times and slipped to fifth on the money list with $723,163. Address: Assured Management Company, 1901 W. 47th Place, Ste. And cutting back could make me a better player because I'll have more time to practice, which is critical to staying stretched out as you get older.". Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. Known as the Merry Mex for his nonstop chatting around the course, Trevino is an exceptional golfer as well as a favorite of galleries wherever he plays. Later in the year he won the Hawaiian Open. . Although he was often physically beaten by his grandfather, Trevino was a streetwise kid with an infectious smile and a ready wit who did not resent his family's poverty. With new confidence, Trevino played a dozen more tournaments in 1966, finishing out of the money only twice and was named Rookie of the Year. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1971. Encyclopedia.com. Sports Illustrated, December 31, 1971; March 31, 1980; December 4, 2000; December 10, 2001. A gifted if unorthodox player, Trevino, known as the Merry Mex, is gregarious and talkative, usually chatting nonstop around the course. Encyclopedia.com. In 1965 Lettunich and his buddies invited Raymond Floyd, a rising star on the PGA, to challenge a local player. "My Shot." Joins the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour; becomes chairman of the board of Lee Trevino Enterprises, Inc. Assistant professional as Horizon Hills Country Club, Golf commentator for the National Broadcasting Network (NBC), Named Rookie of the Year by the Professional Golf Association (PGA), Named Texas Professional Athlete of the Year by the Texas Sports Association, Awarded the Vardon Trophy from the PGA five times for lowest average strokes per round by a professional golfer, Wins U.S. Open; wins British Open; receives Hickok Belt for professional athlete of the year; received Gold Tee Award; named Player of the Year by PGA and, Wins PGA Championship; wins World Series of Golf, Inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, Inducted into the American Golf Hall of Fame, Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. If he was a star on the PGA Tour, Trevino quickly became a superstar on the senior tour. Contemporary Authors Online. And the $555,488 Trevino has earned -- not counting $70,000 for an unofficial victory with Mike Hill in the Legends of Golf -- is on pace to break his senior earnings record of $1,190,518, tops in the world in 1990, when he won seven times and was the player and rookie of the year. Partner: Claudia Bove. "I totally neglected my four oldest kids," Lee says as coolly as if he were reading scores off a leader board. You're not going to do what you did to the other kids. By the time he was discharged in 1961, he was a good golfer, with a four-handicap, but wanted to get better. © 2019 Encyclopedia.com | All rights reserved. Married for the third time, Trevino has two children with his wife, Claudia, and four children from his previous marriages. Trevino, Lee, with Oscar Fraley, I Can Help Your Game, Fawcett, 1971. Golf. Encyclopedia.com. With age taking its toll, he still worked on his swing, but as he told Bill Fields in Golf World, "Usually I go play now and I can tell you how many birds I saw, not how many greens I missed. 'Who am I playing today?' On five separate occasions—1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1980—he won the Vardon Trophy, named for British golfer Harry Vardon and awarded each year since 1937 to the touring professional with the lowest stroke average in 60 or more PGA tournament rounds. With a wide stance and a closed club face, he drives through the ball with a flat baseball-type swing. By the end of the 2002 season, he had 36 Champion Tour victories. As a child, Trevino watched the golfers out on the fairway, and, after finding an old club, began to practice hitting balls around his yard. Notable Sports Figures. Lopez, Nancy Playing golf costs money, even when you work at a course, and the resourceful Trevino soon became known as Known for his easy laugh and sometimes sharp wit, he has an uncanny ability to focus, relax, and refocus his way around a golf course that can unnerve his competitors who don't possess the same gift. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, Trevino reflected a trend that was already under way of golf becoming increasingly popular among younger Americans with time on their hands. They never say it and treat me like a dad when I'm around them, but I never get that little extra. 1957- Part of his role as a golf pro was to help teach others, and Trevino wrote several books about his chosen sport, among them 1971's I Can Help Your Game and Groove Your Golf Swing My Way, published in 1976. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. I should have won three, four more tournaments, but my short game wasn't there," Trevino said. It may even happen in the middle of a round." "It's an Old Man's Game After All." Despite his shortened season, he was once again named Player of the Year and once again took home more than $1 million in winnings. Trevino wed Claudia Bove, whom he met at the Greater Hartford Open, in December 1983; the couple had two children, Olivia and Daniel. "Chuck told them that if they wanted me to do well, they couldn't burn me out," Trevino said. Off the green, he also developed a reputation for gambling and carousing with friends into the wee hours. Trevino won his second PGA championship in 1984, and by the mid-1980s he was one of only three golfers to earn more than three million dollars in tournament prize money. There was locker-room talk that that year was a fluke, and it kind of gave me an incentive. He has vowed to spend more time with his family, not make the mistakes of 20 years ago. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates. Chalking up wins in the British Open and the Canadian Open as well, Trevino became the first to win all three tournaments in a single year; in fact, he won them all in just over three weeks.