Haviland, Paul (2007)

About Haviland, Paul (2007)

Paul Haviland earned Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame honors for his stellar playing career over two decades, the 1950s and 1960s.  He also served on the MAPGA Board of Directors holding the Tournament Committee Chair position in 1968 and 1969.  As a player Paul won numerous MAPGA Section tournaments, competed in two PGA Championships, two US Opens, two Senior PGA Championships and won a prestigious regional open.  He played in five PGA Tour Eastern Opens, making the cut each time.

During his youthful days Paul taught himself the game at Baltimore CC’s Five Farms course where his father held the superintendent’s position.  As a twenty year old he won the 1950 Maryland State Amateur Championship at Five Farms. Additionally, Paul qualified for the US Amateur in 1950 and 1955.

He spent fours years in the United States Navy, 1951 – 1955, with two years at Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit, Maryland, and then two years aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet.  In 1952, Paul won the Fifth Naval District Championship at Sewell’s Point in Norfolk.

All View’s Head PGA Professional Johnny Musser introduced Paul to Harold “Shorty” Oatman in September 1955 which led to a professional position at Oatman’s Norfolk Naval Base Golf Club during 1956.  At season’s end he returned to Baltimore where upon he held an Assistant Professional position to Johnny Bass for four years (two at Clifton Park Golf Club and two at Pine Ridge Golf Club).  In 1961, Paul accepted the Head PGA Professional position at the newly developed Maryland Golf and CC where he remained for thirty-five years.

Once his professional career got underway, Paul finished tied for second, a stroke back, in the 1957 Maryland Open.  His first triumph in MAPGA tournaments took place at the 1958 East Potomac Pro-Am.  His first really good year came in 1960 when he made it through local qualifying for the US Open, made the cut at the Eastern Open, won a MAPGA Pro-Pro at Sherwood Forest with Eddie Graefe, won the Quantico Pro-Am, and most importantly, captured two MAPGA Section events.  First, Paul won the Assistant Professional Championship.  Then he captured the Baltimore City Open (the Section Match Play Championship) when he defeated then five-time champion Walter Romans in the finals.  Paul had previously made the semifinals in 1957 and 1958.

Paul played his way to MAPGA “Player of the Year” honors in 1964 by qualifying for the PGA Championship (finishing tied for 33rd), qualifying for the US Open, winning the Maryland Open by overcoming Lou Graham in the final round, taking a regional open title at the Salisbury Open, and winning the first edition of the MAPGA Pro-Assistant Championship with Paul Quinn.

In 1966, Paul won the MAPGA Section Championship and qualified for the PGA Championship for a second time.  Later, he and Paul Quinn won the Pro-Assistant title twice more, 1968 and 1969.  He qualified for another US Open in 1965.  Paul and number of his members won several Pro-President and Pro-Official titles: a Pro-President in 1966; and Pro-Official titles in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972.

His career is also marked by a number of other outstanding accomplishments.  In the Hot Springs Pro-Am Paul shot 68 at the Cascades and then 69 at the Lower Cascades course the next day to win making a bogey on the first hole the first day and then none after that.  He shot 64 at Fort Meade with nine birdies and a bogey.  In 1967, Paul’s 66 at the Rolling Road Pro-Am put him clear by five shots.

He played in the 1982 and 1983 PGA Senior Championships.  Paul’s last Section title was the 1983 MAPGA Senior Championship.  Also in 1983, he earned the Tom Strange Memorial Trophy when his peers deemed him the “most valuable player” in the Yamaha Cup Matches, a competition against the Philadelphia PGA Section professionals. (rev. 2011)