TCU and professional golf loses a legend with the passing of Don Massengale
Jan. 5, 2007
TCU alumnus and former PGA Tour star Don Massengale passed away Tuesday at his home near Houston. After graduating from TCU in 1955, Massengale continued his stellar golf career. He won a pair of PGA Tour events in 1966 and was the runner up at the 1967 PGA Championship.
Massengale was born on April 23, 1937 in Jacksboro, Texas. As a golf letterman and an SAE, Massengale left TCU in 1955 and won the Texas Amateur Championship in 1958. On the PGA Tour, he won the 1966 Canadian Open, the 1966 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the National Club Professional Championship (1972).
Joining the Senior (now Champions) Tour in 1987, he had three Top 10 finishes in 1990, including winning the Greater Grand Rapids Open. Massengale also won the 1992 Royal Caribbean Classic.
Massengale worked as a club pro in the Houston area in his 40s - between his PGA Tour and Senior Tour careers. He is survived by his wife, Judy and two sons, Mark and Donnie. Massengale operated the Massengale Golf Academy at Augusta Pines with his son, Donnie, in Spring, Texas. Don was a TCU Lettermen's Hall of Fame member and was active in his support of the TCU Golf programs through his involvement in the Horned Frog Classic Golf Tournament.
The TCU family is saddened by the news of Don's passing. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands, Texas.