December 29 – Happy Birthday Jimmy Hines

ajaxhelperJimmy Hines was without a doubt the best golfing pro to ever inhabit the Pro Shop at the Robert Trent Jones designed Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course. The problem was that he was such a good golfer that he spent more time traveling to and competing in cash prize tournaments than he did at Amsterdam’s public links layout. So when he resigned from his position at Muni in June of 1944 after just a season and a half in the position, no one on the City’s Golf Commission complained too loudly.

Hines was born on Long Island, in Mineola, NY on December 29, 1905. He began his PGA apprenticeship in 1920 and by 1929 he had obtained his playing card. From 1933 through 1945 Hines won a total of nine tournaments on the PGA Tour including a career high three first place finishes in 1936. He was good enough to make the US Ryder Cup team in 1939 but did not get a chance to play because the event was cancelled due to the World War that had begun in Europe that year. He finished in the top ten in the Masters four times and tied for eighth place in the 1934 US Open.

He was brought to Amsterdam to add prestige to the then ten-year-old course, the thinking of the Commission being that the better golfers from all over the area would flock to Muni to watch, take lessons from or maybe get the chance to play a round with Hines. Part of the deal was that Hines would use his …

You can read the rest of my story about this club-swinging raconteur in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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