Florin with the 1976 World Putting Championship trophy.
Born: July 11, 1945
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio
Residence: Fayetteville, Georgia
Education: University of Akron, 1969
Occupation: Banking Executive
Turned Professional: 1963
Major PPA Tour Victories:
1970 World Putting
Championship; 1976 World Putting Championship; 1983 Winners Invitational Championship.
Other PPA Tour Victories and Accomplishments:
Toledo (OH) Open; 1968 Lynchburg (VA) Open; 1968 Atlanta (GA) Open; 1970 Fayetteville (NC)
Open; 1970 Charleston (SC) Open; 1972 Charlotte (NC) Open; 1972 Mobile (AL) Open; 1974
Chamblee (GA) Open; 1975 Marietta (GA) Open; 1977 Columbus (OH) Open; 1978 Mobile (AL)
Open; 1978 Asheville (NC) Open; 1981 Jacksonville (FL) Open; 1981 Greenville (SC) Open.
Lifetime Money Winnings:
$68,685.35; PPA Television
Money Winnings $31,200; 1970 PPA Leading Money Winner; 1976 PPA Leading Money Winner.
PPA Television Record:
1966, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1980 (9-4
Other PPA Tour Highlights:
1989 PPA Hall of Fame; 1984
Outstanding Male Putter for Putt-Putt Golf Courses 30-year anniversary; 1970's Putter of
the Decade; Pros Players Committee member, 1967-68; 1983 Greatest of the Great selection;
1971 Putter of the Year; Semi-finalist 1971 World Putting Championship; Runner-up, 1980
Super Putters Championship; Runner-up, 1972 BG Invitational; 3rd, 1982 Southern Open; 3rd,
1980 Western Open; 3rd, 1970 National Invitational; 3rd, 1967 Northern Open.
One of the world's most celebrated competitors, Dick Florin
forged to national prominence in 1970 when he rolled in a 22-foot hole-in-one on the first
hole of sudden-death to defeat defending champion Rick Smith for the World Putting
Championship in Freeport, Bahamas. Florin repeated the feat in 1976 at Columbus, Ohio,
with a 3 and 2 victory over Australian National Champion Manuel Serrano.
championship probably meant more to me because more of my peers were in attendance and
because the 1976 field had more of an international flavor," said Florin, who in 1983
added a third major title to his career portfolio by winning the PPA Winners Invitational
at Hoover, Alabama. In 23 years of professional competition, he won 17 national tour
events, 38 other PPA sanctioned tournaments and finished second, an overall 52 times.
Although he appeared destined for greatness from the outset of a brilliant amateur
career in Northern Ohio, Florin's professional rise to fame began after his 1969 marriage
to Evelyn Strickland, a southern-bred putting queen who dominated the women's game for
three decades. Together, the Florins became national and international starts by
representing Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. and the Professional Putters
Association in exhibition matches throughout the United States and Japan. "She taught
me how to persevere and not get down on myself," Florin once said of his wife and
putting champion. "We are very good for each other."
A devoted husband and father, Florin ended his playing career in 1985 to devote more
time to daughters, Felicia and Carmen. "For half our lives, Evelyn and I planned for
the next tournament and the next. And then we found ourselves planning for the girl's
softball games," said Florin, hailed not only as one of the sport's greatest players,
but also as an international ambassador of the game. He was enshrined as the fifth man
into the PPA Hall of Fame on June 30, 1989 in ceremonies at Fayetteville, North Carolina;
home of Putt-Putt Golf Course of America, Inc. and the Professional Putters Association.