Career

For someone who expected to have a one-year adventure trying to play the PGA Tour, Doug Tewell certainly exceeded his expectations.  In 1975, Doug and Pam Tewell loaded their station wDoug Tewell agon with suitcases, golf clubs, a 3-week old baby and a 5-year old, a cooking box, a crock-pot and a Double-Mac and then hit the road.  Starting in Scottsdale, Arizona,  the Tewell family traveled to fifteen different tournaments in a row for Doug to Monday qualify for each week's tournament.  Fortunately, Doug was pretty good on Mondays and qualified for most of the events.  But making cuts and paychecks was not part of the deal.  His first year on tour he made only $3750, but still enough to keep his tour card and go at it again!

Don't tell Doug Tewell he cannot do something.  His college golf coach, Labron Harris at Oklahoma State University, told him he was not good enough to play the tour and to go find himself a good club job, which Doug did.  From assistant golf professional at the new Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1971, to head golf professional at Pinetop, Arizona in 1974, to the PGA Tour in 1975, Doug found success in whatever he did. 

However, Doug's golf career was not without challenges.  He had his share of back, shoulder, knee and elbow injuries.  Career-threatening elbow surgery in 1995 side-lined his playing for eighteen months, but opened the door for him to go inside the ropes as an on-course commentator for The Golf Channel.  Interestingly, Doug says his broadcasting experiences made him a better player as he realized that golf truly is not a game of perfect, and winners make mistakes, too.  It is usually the one who has the most patience and perseverance who takes home the trophy.

On the AirLike most young golfers, Doug dreamed of winning The Masters and the U.S. Open.  He did not win those, but he did win four other PGA Tour championships and eight Champions Tour events, including two major championships.  So much for the one-year adventure!  Thirty-six years later he has retired from competition but is still involved in the game.  A career on the PGA Tour provided lots of excitement, many challenges, life-long friends on tour and around the country, as well as the satisfaction of just knowing that he did it!  No, Doug does not have an All-American plaque on the wall at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Club, and he did not win The Masters. However, his career should be an inspiration to many young people by showing them that you do not have to be an All-American to be a successful player.  But good old-fashioned hard work, patience and perseverance will pay-off in the long run!