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Notice From Beta Sigma – 2011 Convivium Speakers Al Geiberger & Dave Stockton



KA’s Al Geiberger and Dave Stockton, Inducted Into
Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Hall of Fame

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – Golf legends Al Geiberger, (Beta Sigma-Southern California ’58) and Dave Stockton (Beta Sigma-Southern California ’61), were inducted into the SCGA Hall of Fame here on October 19.

Geiberger, is known as “Mr. 59” for being the first player to shoot that score during a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. His amateur career, however, foreshadowed what his professional success would eventually be. Geiberger is a two-time winner of the SCGA Amateur Championship (1956 and 1959), both of which he captured as a player on University of Southern California’s golf team. He turned pro soon after graduation, after winning 11 straight championships as an amateur, and would go on to win 11 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1966 PGA Championship. He was also a member of the 1967 and 1975 Ryder Cup teams.

After health issues sidelined Geiberger in 1978, he returned to the PGA Tour in 1982 and was awarded the Golf Writers Association of America’s Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap. He would later win another 10 times while on the Champions Tour, finishing his career with 29 professional victories.

It was during the second round of the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club, however, that he would do what had yet to be done: collect six pars, 11 birdies and one eagle to shoot a 13-under-par 59. As coincidence might have it, Stockton was keeping his score that day. “Dave and I are opposites, but we’re also a pair,” Geiberger said with a laugh. “Being inducted into this Hall of Fame is an honor, and brings back some great memories. It’s perfect,” he said.

Stockton, born and raised in Southern California and currently residing in Redlands, is the son of a golf pro-having grown up on the course, he was groomed for a career in the game. He followed Geiberger on the USC golf team, winning the Pacific-8 Championship like his father and turning professional in 1964. It began a whirlwind PGA Tour career of 10 wins, beginning in 1967 with the Colonial National Invitation and three years later, his first of two PGA Championships (1970 and 1976). He played on two Ryder Cup teams-1971 and 1977-and was the captain of the 1991 U.S. squad. The same year Stockton guided the U.S. Ryder Cup team to victory at Kiawah Island, he joined the Champions Tour and would go on to win 14 times, including three senior majors: the 1992 and 1994 Senior Players Championships, and the 1996 U.S. Senior Open.

During his career, Stockton never lost sight of the importance of interacting with golfers of all skill levels, and has been known since the 1970s as the “King of Corporate Outings” thanks to participating in dozens of corporate and motivational days per year. Stockton’s putting prowess has created a successful and in-demand business of corporate outings, instructional videos and motivational speaking, but has equally helped him emerge as golf’s short-game guru.

Among other players, Stockton has worked as Phil Mickelson’s putting coach, credited in part to snapping Mickelson’s two-year putting slump in 2009 to help him win the Tour Championship.

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