Mike Souchak

Golfer Mike Souchak flourished on the PGA Tour in the 1950s, and set numerous tour scoring records at the 1955 Texas Open - some of which stood for decades.

Date of birth: May 10, 1927
Place of birth: Berwick, Pa.
Date of death: July 10, 2008

Tour Victories:


  • 1955 Texas Open
  • 1955 Houston Open
  • 1956 Agua Caliente Open
  • 1956 Azalea Open Invitational
  • 1956 Colonial National Invitation
  • 1956 St. Paul Open
  • 1958 St. Paul Open Invitational
  • 1959 Tournament of Champions
  • 1959 Western Open
  • 1959 Motor City Open
  • 1960 San Diego Open Invitational
  • 1960 Buick Open Invitational
  • 1961 Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1964 Houston Classic
  • 1964 Memphis Open Invitational

Major Championships:


Awards and Honors:

• Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1959, 1961
• Member, Duke University Sports Hall of Fame


At the 1955 Texas Open, Souchak set multiple PGA Tour scoring records, including a score in relation to par of 27-under that stood until 1998; and a total score of 257 that stood until 2001.

Mike Souchak Biography:

One of the long drivers of his era, Mike Souchak was unusual for a professional golfer in the 1950s: He was muscular and athletic. He put those attributes to good use, as he once explained to Sports Illustrated, by taking part in weekly long driving contests that preceded the start of PGA Tour tournaments: "I used to earn my caddie fee every week, $150 or $200, in the Wednesday driving contests."

Souchak served a couple years in the Navy before heading to college at Duke University, from which he graduated in 1952. At Duke, Souchak played golf, helping the team to a couple national championships. He also starred in football, playing end on both offense and defense, and earning all-conference honors as a placekicker.

Souchak turned pro as a golfer in 1952. It took three years for him to win his first PGA Tour event, but the wait was worth it. At the 1955 Texas Open, Souchak set all kinds of scoring records:

  • He opened with a 60, which tied the 18-hole scoring record then in place.
  • That 60 included a nine of 27, which set a new 9-hole scoring record (later tied and then bettered).
  • His 27-under score in relation to par was a record that stood until 1998.
  • His 257 total was a 72-hole stroke record that stood until 2001.

Souchak won a second time in 1955, and led the PGA Tour with four victories in 1956. His biggest win was the Tournament of Champions in 1959, one of three victories for Souchak that season.

While he won a total of 15 official PGA Tour tournaments in his career, and finished in the Top 10 in majors 11 times, Souchak was never able to win a major. His best finishes were a pair of thirds in the 1959 and 1960 U.S. Opens.

Souchak stopped playing full-time on the PGA Tour in 1966, and became the head pro at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., one of the storied courses of American golf.

He still played sporadically on the PGA Tour, however, and joined the Senior Tour in 1981, but never won on the senior circuit.

While at Oakland Hills, Souchak got the idea for a business built around servicing golf cart fleets. In 1973, he launched that business in Florida, and was co-owner of the business until his death in 2008.