Al Besselink
Professional golfer
Al Besselink
Albert Cornelius Besselink is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s. Besselink grew up in Merchantville, New Jersey. He attended the University of Miami and was the first UM golfer to win a national tournament. He won the Southern Invitational Championship twice before graduating in 1949. He turned pro later that year. Besselink won five PGA Tour events including the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1953.
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    FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 42
    One famous example of his showmanship occurred during the third round of the 1965 Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth when Besselink played the final four holes of his third round with a red rose -- plucked from a bush at the 15th hole -- between his teeth.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, Besselink said the gesture was a nod to the "loveliness of Texas women in general and Fort Worth women in particular." The next day, locker room attendants present Besselink with 50 roses sent by female fans.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 30
    Besselink won four PGA Tour events including the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details He was called "Bessie" by the other tour players and was known for living life with a gambler's recklessness and a showman's flair.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 26
    Besselink grew up in Merchantville, New Jersey. He attended the University of Miami and was the first UM golfer to win a national tournament. He won the Southern Invitational Championship twice before graduating in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details He turned pro later that year.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on June 30, 1922.
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