Bud Turns 100

Local golf legend, Joseph “Bud” Lewis celebrated his 100th birthday on August 30th, as 230 of his family, friends and golf pupils joined him at his home club, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club for a lavish gala dinner. Bud, who is the oldest living member of the PGA of America, was born and bred in West Philly and began his love affair with golf as a caddie at age 8 at Llanerch Golf Club. At age 15 he started working in the pro shop and a few years later turned professional.

Bud was an excellent player, winning 2 Philly Opens and 2 Philly PGA championships. He played in 2 US Opens and 2 PGA and many thought his play warranted a career on the PGA Tour, as he often competed against the likes of Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. But Bud’s first love was his family and his passion for teaching the game to young golfers. Among the players he mentored were national stars like Williams Hyndman III, Jay Sigel, current Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci and a 1,000 others like myself.

His knowledge of the swing and savvy for the mental part of the game helped everyone become a better player. Bud can still be found today in the grille room at Manufacturers, where he continues to tell his many great stories from the past, all the while beating his friends at gin rummy.

From all of us who love you, happy 100th birthday Bud, and many, many more.


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