PGA Champion Hal Sutton checks in at number 5 in the Shreveport Times Countdown
Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Shreveport Times announced Sunday, August 9, that former Gent and PGA Champion Hal Sutton ranks fifth in its Top-20 Countdown of local athletes.

Sutton joins former Gent baseball player Cecil Upshaw (1961-1964) and former Ladies gymnast Kathy Johnson Clarke (1977-79), who came in number 15 and number 19 on the countdown, respectively.

Hal Sutton, the wire-to-wire leader of the 1983 PGA Championship tournament, bested Jack Nicklaus at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Championship title and has 14 PGA Tour wins to his credit.

According to Sutton, his Player’s Championship in 2000 provided the most gratifying moment of his golf career. He overtook Tiger Woods in his prime for the title. His plea of “Be the right club today,” following a shot with a 6-iron on the 72nd hole has been replayed numerous times on golf highlight shows for the past 15 years.

“There were two pivotal times in my life,” Sutton told The Shreveport Times. “One was beating Jack early on. That was not quite as meaningful as the time I beat Tiger. At my age and with what he was doing on the world stage at that time, it elevated (the victory).”

With the Gents, Sutton (1976-1980) captured 14 tournament titles and was an All-American. He also was named Golf Magazine’s 1980 College Player of the Year.

After the panel's top-20 is released, readers will have a chance to narrow the field to ten. All Ladies and Gents fans are encouraged to cast a vote for the #1 all-time local athlete by emailing


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