Pete Cooper (golfer)

Pete Cooper (golfer)

Pete Cooper
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Richard Bernice Cooper
Born (1914-12-31)December 31, 1914
Died October 8, 1993(1993-10-08) (aged 78)
Nationality  United States
Turned professional 1938
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 17 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T12: 1956
U.S. Open T4: 1953
The Open Championship CUT: 1976
PGA Championship T9: 1953

Richard Bernice "Pete" Cooper (December 31, 1914 – October 8, 1993) was an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour in the 1940s and 1950s; he was best known for winning the 1976 PGA Seniors' Championship.

Cooper turned professional in 1938. In the ten-year span between 1949 and 1958, he won five official PGA Tour events and had runner-up finishes in the 1950 Houston Open and the 1955 Tournament of Champions. His best finish in a major was T-4 at the 1953 U.S. Open.[1] He helped a young Chi Chi Rodriguez improve enough to secure a spot on the PGA Tour.

Cooper won the 1976 PGA Seniors' Championship at the age of 61 with a four-day total of 283 over runner-up Fred Wampler. The tournament was held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Cooper lived in Lakeland, Florida, where he owned the Par 3 and Lone Palm Golf Club. He was also active in golf course design.


  • Professional wins (23) 1
    • PGA Tour wins (5) 1.1
    • Other wins (17) 1.2
    • Senior wins (1) 1.3
  • Team appearances 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional wins (23)

PGA Tour wins (5)

Other wins (17)

this list is probably incomplete

Senior wins (1)

Team appearances

See also


  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Canada Cup Golf Event Starts Today". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. June 1, 1961. p. 35. 

External links

  • Pete Cooper at the PGA Tour official site
  • Notice of Pete Cooper's death