Death of Ross Collins is a Loss for Golf

Ross CollinsThe PGA of America and the Southern Texas section lost one of its most decorated and respected members when Ross Collins passed away on June 10.

Collins was 88 years old and had spent his retirement years at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville. He had been a member of the PGA of America for 51 years.

Collins spent the majority of his PGA career at Dallas Athletic Club and then worked as the PGA Golf Professional at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, where he had served as head golf professional from 1980 to 1988. He also served as the head golf professional at Dallas Athletic Club, Lakewood Country Club and Dallas Country Club.

He was the last surviving President of the former Texas PGA Section (The section was dividing into the Southern Texas and Northern Texas Sections in 1968). He served in that role in 1962 and 1963.

Collins' list of protégés includes his sons, Ross Jr., Fred and Cary, who all work in the golf industry. Fred and Cary are members of the Southern Texas PGA.

At least 17 of his former assistant professionals went on to become PGA of America professionals. Among them are former Southern Texas PGA Presidents Jerry Smith and David Pilsner, and former Northern Texas PGA President Coy Sevier.

Among his accomplishments and recognition, Collins won the PGA of America’s Golf Professional of Year Award in 1971. He was elected to seven different Halls of Fame, including the PGA Golf Pofessional Hall of Fame and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, during his career.

Collins was a Navy pilot during World War II. His service in the Pacific earned the Navy Cross, the highest medal that can be awarded by the Navy, and three Air Medals.

He lived 30 years in Kerrville with his wife of 63 years, Margaret. He is also survived by his sons; a brother, Buddy; and three grandsons.

 

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