Doug Tewell -Professional Golfer
Doug Tewell grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and began playing golf at age 12 after caddying for his dad on Saturday afternoons. He played college golf at Oklahoma State University under the late Labron Harris and graduated in 1971 with a degree in speech communications.
He had a brief career as an assistant pro at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, Oklahoma, as an assistant pro at Camelback Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and head golf professional at Pinetop Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona. The time spent "in the golf shop" gave him a great respect for club professionals and the work they do.
Doug earned his "Class A" rating from the PGA of America, which gave him the opportunity to begin his career on the PGA Tour in 1975. Known as a "tour rabbit", he had earned the privilege to TRY to qualify on Mondays for each week's tournament. Interestingly, he never went to tour school and never lost his PGA Tour card.
His career was highlighted by four PGA Tour victories and eight Champions Tour victories, including major championships at the 2000 Senior PGA Championship and the 2001 Countrywide Tradition. His 23-under par at The Tradition was the lowest scoring record in PGA history for a major championship.
In a professional sport where success is based on “Official Money Earnings” and before the mega-purses of today, Doug earned $10.5 million in “Official Career Earnings” and was voted “Rookie of the Year” at age 50 on the Champions Tour, edging out Tom Watson and Tom Kite for the honor.
In addition to his competitive golf experience, Doug worked for The Golf Channel as an on-course commentator, resulting in the nickname “TewellTime”.
His 36-year professional career had taken a physical toll with a recurring elbow injury that caused him to retire from competition in February of 2007. Retirement has allowed him to devote more of his time to local charity work and to mentoring and teaching young golfers.
Doug has been a great friend and ambassador of the Edmond/Oklahoma City community. He was a 2007 inductee into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and a 2009 inductee into the Edmond Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Pam, have been married forty-two years. They have two wonderful children, Kristine and Jay, and are "Mimi" and “PaPa” to five fabulous grandchildren.