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Ben Nelson Reaches the 50 Year Mark as PGA Member

Ben F. Nelson, Jr. was born in Canton, MS where he grew up playing golf at Canton Country Club under golf professionals Leo Silva and Robbie Webb. Nelson graduated from Canton High School in 1962 and furthered his education at Mississippi State University where he was a member of the golf team and graduated in 1966. Following graduation, Nelson became an Assistant Golf Professional under Johnny Stahl at Vicksburg Country Club from 1967-1968, and in 1969 became the Head Golf Professional at Live Oaks Golf Club in Jackson, MS; he became a partner in 1982 and continued to hold both positions through 1987.

During his time as a Head Golf Professional, Nelson served on the Board of the Gulf States Section of the PGA of America as Secretary from 1974-1975, Treasurer from 1976-1977, and President from 1978-1980. In 1979, Nelson was awarded the Gulf States Section, PGA of America Professional of the Year, and was the recipient of the PGA of America Professional Development Award in 1980 & 1983. In 1985, Nelson was instrumental in working to bring the PGA of America and Mississippi State University together to form the Professional Golf Management Program which is the second oldest program in the country.

Nelson’s success in golf administration led him to becoming a major part of the PGA TOUR beginning in 1987. Nelson served as a PGA TOUR Rules Official from 1987-1993 followed by serving as a PGA TOUR Tournament Director for 10 years spanning from 1993- 2003. Nelson then moved over to the PGA Champions Tour where he served as a Tournament Director from 2005-2008. During this time Nelson officiated over 40 major golf championships including The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, The PGA Championship, The Player’s Championship, The Ryder Cup, and The President’s Cup where he was instrumental in helping to design and implement the format of The President’s Cup and served as the Tournament Director from its inception until 2003.

In addition to Nelson’s achievement on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, in 2001 he became partner in Ben Nelson Golf and Outdoor which covers Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and western Tennessee. In 1995 Nelson was inducted into the Mississippi State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2003 was inducted into the Gulf States Section, PGA of America, Hall of Fame.

Congratulations Ben Nelson for 50 Great Years! 

Half Century Members

Name: Half-Century Status Date:
Ben Nelson, PGA 2021-12-1
Charlie Dugas, PGA 2020-12-31
Clyde W. Applewhite III, PGA 2019-09-30
Don Essig III, PGA 2017-01-31
Curley J. Romero, PGA 2016-03-31

Quarter Century Members

Name: Quarter-Century Status Date:
Christopher D. Jester, PGA 2021-11-30
Michael T. O’Brien, PGA 2021-11-30
Robert W. Pyle, PGA 2021-11-30
Rob V. McGraw, PGA 2021-10-31
John M. Kocks, PGA 2021-08-31
Wallace H. Smith III, PGA 2021-08-31
Donald J. Donohue III, PGA 2021-07-31
John E. Fassinger Jr., PGA 2021-07-31
W. Scott Buntin, PGA 2021-05-31
Larry J. Griffin, PGA 2021-03-31
Jake Narro, PGA 2021-01-31
Richard S. Walsh, PGA 2021-01-31
Gene K. Gabelmann, PGA 2020-07-31
David E. Kaspar, PGA 2020-07-31
William T Kivett, PGA 2020-06-30
Michael F. Raby, PGA 2020-06-30
Christopher T Robertson, PGA 2020-02-29
Kevin W. Michael, PGA 2020-01-31
Reginald W. Adams, PGA 2019-10-31
David E. Church, PGA 2019-10-31
Cliff Wagner, PGA 2019-10-31
Robert E. Chrestman, PGA 2019-09-30
Randy P. Stephens, PGA 2019-08-31
Devin Thomas, PGA 2019-04-30
Ronny B. Ross, PGA 2019-02-28
James B. Matheny, PGA 2018-09-30
James W. Doulin, PGA 2018-07-31
Stephen C. Christopher, PGA 2018-03-31
Leigh T. Brannan, PGA 2018-02-28
David P. Gary, PGA 2017-12-31
Robert S Hall, PGA 2017-12-31
James Dorman Jr., PGA 2017-10-31
Christopher C Burkstaller, PGA 2017-09-30
Anthony L. Luczak, PGA 2017-08-31
Susan P. Bower, PGA 2017-07-31
Gordon W. Digby, PGA 2017-05-31
Dean L. Baham Sr., PGA 2017-02-28
Kenneth R. Hughes, PGA 2017-02-28
Emlyn D. Aubrey, PGA 2017-01-31
Kelly M. Gibson 2017-01-31
David W. Toms, PGA 2017-01-31
Michael P. Barrett, PGA 2016-09-30
Randy K. Tupper, PGA 2016-09-30
John B. Harrell, PGA 2016-08-31
David S. Cowger, PGA 2016-05-31
John Anthony Price, PGA 2016-05-31
Robert Andrew Loving, PGA 2016-02-29
Danny E. Tatum, PGA 2016-02-29
Kevin L. Walls, PGA 2016-02-29
Greg G. Crain, PGA 2015-10-31
Kent B. Smith, PGA 2015-10-31
Bob E. Wolcott, PGA 2015-10-31
David P. Marchand, PGA 2015-09-30
Mark Powell, PGA 2015-07-31
Paul Theriot, PGA 2015-07-31
Mike Vivien, PGA 2015-07-31
Wayne J. Fuselier, PGA 2015-02-28
Michael Johnson, PGA 2014-12-31
Paul L. Christmann, PGA 2014-09-30
Robert C. Noel, PGA 2014-09-30
John Pielemeier, PGA 2014-09-30
Fred J. Schroeder, PGA 2014-09-30
David E. Pate, PGA 2014-08-31
Roy Jarvis, PGA 2014-07-31
Brian M. Manzella, PGA 2014-05-31
Michael B. Harris, PGA 2014-04-30
Bradley Kale, PGA 2013-12-31
Eric Kaspar, PGA 2013-04-30
Andre M. Caldwell, PGA 2013-02-28
Peter Cizdziel, PGA 2012-11-30
Alan Chasteen, PGA 2012-10-31
Carl Poche’, PGA 2012-09-30
Stanley B. Stopa, PGA 2012-08-31
James H. Moore, PGA 2012-07-31
Adrian N. DeRouen, PGA 2012-05-31
Jim Traina III, PGA 2012-02-29
Cliffton R Bailey, PGA 2012-01-31
Jerry M. Covich III, PGA 2011-10-31
James Leitz, PGA 2011-09-30
Jim T. Gallagher Jr., PGA 2011-06-30
Robert O. Brown, PGA 2010-08-31
Michael Burke, PGA 2010-03-31
Russell Fransted, PGA 2010-01-31
Ron Hickman, PGA 2009-11-30
Marvin Gray, PGA 2009-04-30
Doug Farr, PGA 2008-12-31
Paul Hjulberg, PGA 2008-06-30
Jimmy R.  Carpenter II, PGA 2008-03-31
Reed W. Hughes, PGA 2008-03-31
Greg Abadie, PGA 2007-11-30
Fred Frederickson, PGA 2007-07-31
Steve Caldwell, PGA 2006-03-31
Jerry Weeks, PGA 2005-11-30
Jimmy Gallagher, PGA 2005-08-31
Rich Fulkerson, PGA 2004-11-30
Jimmy Headrick, PGA 2004-11-30
Michael J. McGeever, PGA 2004-11-30
Tommy W Spencer, PGA 2004-10-31
Ed Selser, PGA 2004-02-29
Lester Cook, PGA 2003-12-31
Kim Gianatsis, PGA 2003-06-30
Ronnie Benandi, PGA 2002-11-30
Teddy Sliman, PGA 2002-11-30
Sam Dunning, PGA 2002-08-31
Harold Burt, PGA 2002-05-31
William K. Caldwell Jr., PGA 2002-01-31
Steve Chaney, PGA 2001-06-30
Martin L. Stuart, PGA 2001-05-31
George Cascino, PGA 2000-08-31
Frank Gumpert, PGA 2000-08-31
Ben Freeman Jr., PGA 2000-06-30
George R. Digby Jr., PGA 2000-04-30
Larry Miller, PGA 2000-03-31
Bill Mullican, PGA 1999-08-31
Mickey Bradley, PGA 1998-11-30
Ken Lindsay, PGA 1998-03-31
Terry M Carlson, PGA 1997-12-31
James E. Gamblin Jr., PGA 1997-07-31
Denton Scott, PGA 1997-07-31
Ben Nelson, PGA 1996-12-31
Charlie Dugas, PGA 1995-12-31
Clyde W. Applewhite III, PGA 1994-09-30
Don Essig III, PGA 1992-01-02
Curley J. Romero, PGA 1991-03-01