David Oakley

David Oakley
Personal information
Full name David K. Oakley
Nickname "Oak"
Born (1945-04-27)April 27, 1945
New York
Died July 2, 2006(2006-07-02) (aged 61)
Orlando, Florida
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1970 (reinstated amateur)
Former tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 1973
The Open Championship T46: 1972
PGA Championship DNP

David K. Oakley (April 27, 1945 – July 2, 2006) was an American professional golfer whose greatest success came on the European Seniors Tour.

Oakley was born in New York, but grew up in Panama City, Florida. He got started in golf by his mother who thought a nine-hole course near their home would make a fine babysitter for Oakley and his brother. Oakley was the older brother of American professional golfer Pete Oakley.

Oakley attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a walk-on member of coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team from 1965 to 1967.[1] As a Gator golfer, he was a member of teams that won Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in 1965 and 1967.[1] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1967.

Oakley turned pro in 1970 and toured Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States before hanging up his clubs in 1976 to concentrate on a business career unrelated to golf. He spent ten years as a hotel liquidator and nine as a furniture store manager and regained his amateur status. He returned to professional golf in 1996 and played on various senior circuits.[2]

Oakley died in Orlando, Florida from prostate cancer at the age of 61.[3] He was survived by his wife Doris and sons James and Christopher. At the time of his death, he was fifth on the European Seniors Tour career money list.

European Seniors Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 23 May 1999 MDIS & Partners Festival of Golf −8 (68-71-69=208) 6 strokes United States Jerry Bruner, Scotland David Huish
2 20 Aug 2000 De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic −17 (67-64-65=196) 4 strokes Australia Noel Ratcliffe
3 19 Aug 2001 Energis Senior Masters −8 (68-69-71=208) 3 strokes England Malcolm Gregson
4 2 Sep 2001 Scottish Seniors Open −6 (65-70-75=210) Playoff England Keith MacDonald

See also


  1. 1 2 Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 35 & 41 (2010). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  2. "Oakley passes away, " PGATour.com (July 5, 2006). Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  3. "David Oakley, 61, pursued love of golf," The Washington Times (July 5, 2006). Retrieved November 21, 2010.

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