Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Don Massengale Passes Away at 69

Sad news tonight: Don Massengale Sr., a Texas golf fixture, has passed away at the age of 69 after suffering a heart attack in Conroe. Massengale was the director of the Massengale Golf Academy at Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring. Services are scheduled for Saturday, 11 a.m., at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands.

Massengale was born in Jacksboro in 1937. He played the PGA Tour extensively from 1960-70, and sporadically thereafter, competing as late as 1985. (His brother Rik and son Donnie Jr. also played on the PGA Tour.)

In 1966, Don won twice on the PGA Tour, at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the Canadian Open. He was runner-up at the 1967 PGA Championship to Don January, another Texan.

From 1987 to 1996, Massengale played the Champions Tour full-time, winning twice. After that, he turned to teaching, a subject he was well-grounded in from his own work under the tutelage of Harvey Penick.

Don Massengale Sr. is survived by his wife Judy and sons Don Jr. and Mark.

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