Doser, Clarence (1988)

About Doser, Clarence (1988)


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1909–1999. Clarence Doser earned MAPGA Hall of Fame honors for his high caliber of play over four decades in regional and national circles.  He was the MAPGA Player of the Year in 1958 nearing his 50th birthday.

At age 45, Clarence Doser moved to the Middle Atlantic Section in 1954 as the Head PGA Professional for Woodmont Country Club.  Already a distinguished professional, he concluded his career with seven more years at Woodmont Country Club and then 15 years at Washingtonian Golf and Country Club before retiring to Florida in 1976.

Clarence Doser’s successful career got underway in 1929 when he reached the PGA Championship Match Play field, but lost a first round match.  His early triumphs included the 1929 and 1935 Western New York PGA Section titles.  Add to this the 1932, 1933 and 1934 Western New York Open, the Rochester Open in 1933 and 1935, the Buffalo Open in 1934 and 1935, and the Central New York Open in 1936.  He played in many PGA Tour events throughout the remainder of the 1930s and into the 1940s. Before arriving in Maryland, Clarence won Metro New York Connecticut title in 1945, 1948 and 1953, and the Greenbrier pro-am in 1953.  After arriving in Maryland he regularly played in the PGA Tour’s Eastern Opens. In that event, he finished 9th in 1958.

In the MAPGA, he won the Section Championship in 1955 and 1958 and the Match Play Championship in 1956. Clarence captured the Senior Championship six times: 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1971. In 1958 he triumphed in the MAPGA Senior Teacher’s Trophy Championship at Woodholme and repeated the next year at Columbia. He triumphed in the Salisbury Open at Green Hill and the Howard County Open at All View in 1962, and the 1963 Maryland Open in a playoff over Dick Whetzle and Cosimo Tiso at Suburban.  In 1975, Clarence won the MAPGA Quarter Century Championship.

In 1959, up against national figures, he and Lew Worsham defeated Sam Snead and Dick Iames in an exhibition at Court House CC.  His 68 that day, low round of four players, put him two shots ahead of Sam Snead and three over Lew Worsham.

On the national stage, Clarence Doser played in 21 PGA Championships.  His best showing occurred in 1945 when reached the semifinals.  He lost to Sam Byrd who in turn lost to Byron Nelson in the finals.  Several years later, in 1952, he reached the quarterfinals, only to lose to Jim Turnesa, the eventual PGA Champion. In his final PGA Championship appearance at age 52 in 1961, Clarence  finished tied for 37th in the stroke play competition at Olympia Fields CC.

In 20 PGA Senior Championships, he made the cut 15 times.  His highest finish, 3rd, occurred in 1961.  Clarence’s accomplishments in those championships are attested by two top 5s, five top 10s and 11 top 25s.  He played and made the cut for the last time in 1981 at 72 years of age.  In 1973, at age 64, he finished 86th in the PGA Club Professional Championship in one of his three appearances in that series.

In US Open competitions, Clarence earned trips to the championship 19 times between 1930 and 1963, making the cut six times.  A tie for 13th in 1952 highlighted his US Open career.

In two Master’s appearances, Clarence finished tied for 34th in 1953 (Ben Hogan won the Green Jacket) and for 38th in 1954 (when Sam Snead beat Hogan in a playoff for the Green Jacket).  He shot his best round at Augusta in 1953, a 71, and in 1954 a 72.

Beginning at the age 64 Clarence Doser shot his age more than 1644 times. At 79, he shot a 74 to finish in the runner-up spot in the South Florida Seniors in West Palm Beach, beaten only by a 50-year old. (rev. 2007)