Hale Irwin Personal Notes
Got his start in golf at age 4 through his father.
Actively involved in his own course design business.
Biggest thrills in golf were his first TOUR win in 1971 at Hilton Head Island, S.C, his three U.S. Open victories, his two U.S. Senior Open wins and playing on the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1991.
Participated in a charity golf tournament in St. Louis for 25 years to benefit the St. Louis Children's Hospital and Hale Irwin Center for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Was the recipient of the Ambassador of Golf Award by the Northern Ohio Golf Charities at the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
Says if he could meet one famous person dead or alive his choice would be Abraham Lincoln, because he came along at a very tumultuous time in our history and had a positive influence.
His favorite golf courses in the United States are Cypress Point and Winged Foot, while overseas he gives the nod to Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Leans toward the 2-iron he hit at the last hole to win the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot as his all-time favorite shot.
Broke 70 for the first time at age 14.
Favorite all-time athlete is Byron "Whizzer" White, a fellow CU football standout and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.