Gibson, Andy (1992)

About Gibson, Andy (1992)

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1908–1995. Andy Gibson entered the MAPGA Hall of Fame for his stellar play in the section over a number of decades, including two triumphs in the Section Championship, three Match Play Championships, two Senior Championships and a Maryland Open title. He qualified for ten PGA Championships. Andy trained many young golf professionals and was always talked about as a colorful, charismatic, and gentleman Scot.

After arriving from Prestwick, Scotland, in 1927, Andy turned professional as an assistant to Bill Scott at Baltimore CC. He became the first head PGA Professional at Bonnie View Country Club in 1932. He moved to the Country Club of Maryland in 1943, remaining there until retirement 41 years later. He served the MAPGA as a Vice President twice, elected in 1944 and 1949.

Andy’s first appearance in an MAPGA Championship occurred in the 1931 Assistant Professional Championship, finishing third. As an MAPGA player, his first win took place at the Rolling Road pro-am in 1937. In 1938, he won the Maryland Open at Congressional. His first Section title came in the 1940 Match Play, the first of three.

Andy won the MAPGA Championship in 1944 at Rolling Road by three strokes over John O’Donnell. In the annual meeting afterwards, the membership elected him one of the regional Vice Presidents.

In 1946, he and an amateur at the time, Otto Greiner, tied with Jim Riley and amateur George Gosey form Lynchburg in one of the few times that the section held a pro-scratch championship.

1948 was a particularly good year for Andy. He won the MAPGA Championship at Baltimore CC-Five Farms by a stroke over Ralph Beach and the Baltimore City Match Play Open at Green Spring Valley by besting Charles Bassler in the finals.

In 1951, he earned a spot in the US Open and in 1952, 1953 and 1954 qualified for the PGA Championships in the sectional qualifiers at Woodholme, Country Club of Virginia and Washington Golf. In 1954, he shot 66 to win a pro-am at Fountain Head. In 1955, he, Rick McHale, and Frank Michalek ended the Howard County Open at Allview in a three-way tie. In the playoff, Andy and Frank Michalek tied again with 72s, but Michalek won on the first extra hole. In 1957, at 49 years old, he finished third in the MAPGA Championship at the Cascades, two strokes behind Charles Bassler and Clare Emery. He posted a 67 in the 1958 Bonnie View Pro-Am. Andy qualified for a national event for the last time at Hillendale when he made the 1958 PGA Championship field.

He finished his competitive victories with the MAPGA Senior Championship in 1964 at Manor. He had won that event in 1958, the first year of his eligibility. In 1966, he and his assistant, George Jakovics, lost the Section Pro-Assistant Championship in a playoff to Dick Whetzle and Al Kelley.

Nationally, Andy Gibson qualified for three US Opens: 1940, 1941 and 1951; ten National PGA Championships, and in the 1941 Masters finished in 42nd. In the 1940 US Open at Canterbury, he tied for 20th, gaining his only invitation to the Masters. Andy finished up in national events by competing in six PGA Senior Championships beginning in 1959, when he tied for 26th, and the last time in 1964. The MAPGA named him Professional of the Year in 1969.  (rev. 2004)