A message from the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA):
We take great pride that Pat has been nominated for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the category of Lifetime Achievement. The joy we have in Pat’s nomination is enhanced by the knowledge that he was nominated by Mr. Arnold Palmer.
Pat Browne, Jr. lost his sight in a car accident in 1966. He went on to have a successful career, to start a wonderful family and to become the most successful blind golfer of all time. He amassed over 70 worldwide blind golf victories, including 23 National Championships. He was also the first blind golfer to ever record a hole-in-one at the historic 7th hole of the San Francisco Golf Club.
As an ambassador to the great game of blind golf, he played a 9-hole exhibition match with two-time U.S. Open Champion, Payne Stewart in 1990. Mr. Stewart was blindfolded for the entire match and played with the aid of a coach. He shot a score of 60, while Pat shot a brilliant 42. A few days afterwards, Mr. Stewart told a friend, “If I practiced every day, I still could not beat Pat Browne!”
For decades, Pat Browne’s champion spirit has served the world of golf. He has used his success to support numerous organizations, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the USBGA. His achievements are a testament to the human spirit – a reminder that life’s obstacles cannot prevent us from pursuing our dreams and excelling in what we love.
You can honor his passion, his skill, and his courage by helping to achieve election to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Please send a note to Letters@wghof.org with Pat Browne, Jr. in the subject line. Please vote now to insure Pat is recognized in a world where he excelled.
Pat Browne’s career highlights: