Tom Nieporte

Tom Nieporte turned pro in 1953 after a successful college career at Ohio State University and played full-time on the PGA Tour for five years. In those days, however he only traveled with the Tour when he was not working as a club professional. Nieporte moved from an assistants post at Siwanoy to become the head professional at Piping Rock Club from 1963-1978, and from 1979 until his retirement in 2005, he was the head man at Winged Foot Golf Club. He won three PGA Tour events. The biggest win of his career came in 1967 at the Bob Hope Desert Classic where the Championship Trophy was presented to Nieporte by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bob Hope. His best finish in a major was T5 at the 1964 PGA Championship. Nieporte was the 1966 Met Open Champion and he won the Met PGA Championship in 1971. He was the 1996 Met PGA Professional of the Year and the 2004 Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient in the Met Section that qualified him to win the National PGA Award in 2005. Tom and his family were named Family of the Year by the Met Golf Writers in 1997.

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