Lee Buck Trevino... Two PGA Titles...27 PGA Tour Victories...Five-time Vardon trophy winner...Born December 1, 1939, Dallas, TX
Lee Buck Trevino was born December 1, 1939, in Dallas, Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on his seventeenth birthday in 1956 and went through Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. On completion of boot camp and follow-on training, he served as a Machine Gunner with the 9th Marines on Okinawa from July 1957, until August 1958, when he was transferred to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California. Trevino served with the division until March 1959, and was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division. He remained with the 3rd Marine Division until his discharge as a Corporal in November 1960. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
Golf was a major part of Trevino's life as a Marine, and although he played on unit golf teams throughout his four years in uniform, he actually got his start in the sport long before he joined the Corps. In fact, his first experiences on the golf course came as a caddy and teaching himself to golf on the greens of the Dallas Athletic Club Golf Course when he was a child.
Trevino became a professional golfer almost immediately on leaving the Marine Corps, but did not join the Professional Golf Association tour until 1967. The following year, he catapulted to stardom when he won the U.S. Open. Over the next six years he amassed a series of victories and performances that have made him one of professional golf's biggest stars.
Still competing today, Trevino has achieved two PGA titles, 27 PGA Tour victories and 29 Senior Tour victories. He has won the Vardon trophy for the lowest stroke average on the U.S. tour five times. Trevino credits much of his success to the discipline and dedication taught him through his experiences while serving in the Marine Corps.