Biography

David Jimenez passed away on October 20, 2013 at Savannah Common's Arbors Memory Care facility in Savannah, Georgia where he had been a resident for over three years.   David was 74 years old and had been an Alzheimer's patient since 2000.

A native of Puerto Rico and a childhood friend of Chi Chi Rodriquez, David represented his Commonwealth in five World Cup Championships, his best individual finish was 9th.

He was named Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Athlete in 1967 and the low scoring amateur in the 1962 Puerto Rico Open. Jimenez joined the US PGA Tour in 1967 and had his best finish of 7th in the 1967 Minnesota Open.

David was a promising player until a near fatal auto crash in 1969 fractured both arms. With a compound fracture in the left arm which resulted in nerve damage to the wrist and hand David was in the hospital and rehab for months.

David returned to the Tour in 1971 and 1972. He continued as an assistant and teaching pro at resorts in Puerto Rico and at clubs in the Washington D.C. area until being chosen as the Head Golf Professional at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia in 1975 and served in that position until 1993.

In 1975, he tied for first in the US PGA Club Professional Championship and went on to join the US team in the 1976 PGA Cup Match defeating Great Britain and Ireland in Leeds, England.

He also won numerous Middle Atlantic PGA tournaments and awards including the Virginia PGA Cruickshank Award in 1978 and 1979, was the 1975 Middle Atlantic Player of the Year, the 1976 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship, and winner of the Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Championship in 1990, 1991 and 1992. David won the 1996 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship.

David was an exempt player on the PGA European Senior Tour from 1989 to 1997 and was consistently in the top 20 in the Order of Merit. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Head Golf Professional at West Bay Golf Club in Estero, Florida. David is a Life Member of the PGA joining in 1972 and a member of the PGA Georgia Section.


Highlights of David's golf career:
  • PGA Tour player in the 1960's
  • Finished 7th in the 1967 Minnesota Open
  • 1975 MAPGA Player of the Year
  • 1976 PGA Cup Match USA Team Member
  • Five time World Cup player, partnered with Chi Chi Rodriguez three times
  • Tied for first in the Club Pro Championship in 1976
  • Head Pro at Wintergreen Resort, Virginia for 17 years
  • Played on the Asian Tour in 1983
  • A Senior European Tour player for seven years