Marlowe, Tony (2002)
About Marlowe, Tony (2002)
1922-1999. Tony Marlowe’s illustrious golf career included the MAPGA Presidency and chairmanships of several important MAPGA and PGA of America Committees. He began as a caddie at Hoovenkoff CC in Hilburn, New York. He quickly succeeded in developing his game and played the number one position on the high school golf team for four years.
After graduating from high school in 1941, he enlisted in the Army, ultimately serving in Europe during World War II with the Signal Corps as a crewman aboard gliders with the 101st Airborne Division. Tony returned home safely in 1946, but the experiences he faced during his time in the gliders caused him to dislike flying for the rest of his life.
His professional career started as an Assistant at Rivervale CC, New Jersey, in 1946. The following years were spent as an Assistant at the Mountain View Club in New York City and then the 1949 season at the Country Club of New Jersey. He played in numerous “Tour” events during the winter months of 1949 and 1950 including the Miami Open, the Miami International Four-Ball, and the North and South Open in Pinehurst.
Elected to PGA membership in December of 1949, he eventually went to work for PGA Professional Herman Barron at Fenway Golf Club (Scarsdale/White Plains, New York) in 1950 where he remained into 1954. He was to be Tony’s first and most influential mentor and coach. Herman was a highly skilled merchandiser, a talent he passed on.
Tony was selected for his first head PGA professional job in the summer of 1954 at High Ridge Country Club (now Pound Ridge CC) in New York. It was during his years at High Ridge that Tony went to Sebring, Florida, during the winter months and taught at Harder Hall CC and Kenilworth Lodge. He was hired by Woodmont CC and began his tenure as its head PGA Professional on March 17, 1960. Tony retired from Woodmont nearly 30 years later on September 30, 1989.
Tony served as one of the Middle Atlantic Section’s Regional Vice Presidents for six years, then elected President in 1969 and 1970. Twice during his career, 1967 and 1970, the Section named him the MAPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Additionally, Tony chaired the Section’s Employment and Club Relations Committee for two years. In 1980, he received the Bill Strausbaugh Award. On the national level, he chaired the National Education & Club Relations Committee in 1970. He was also a member of the National Manufacturer Relations Committee for three years.
Tony was particularly known for his outstanding putting ability. He won three MAPGA Pro-Assistant Championships (1965 with Ron Howell, 1967 with Mike Fitzgerald, and 1972 with David Jiminez), the 1976 MAPGA Quarter Century Championship, and the Maryland State Golf Association’s Pro-Scratch Championship in 1963 with Alvin Dulcan (Woodmont CC’s club champion at the time). In 1965, Tony made it through the U.S. Open local qualifying at Washingtonian GC. (rev. 2009)