Class of 2015

John Konsek

Residence: Pawley's Island, S.C.

John Konsek grew up in Buffalo playing much of his early golf at the Grover Cleveland Golf Course. His father noticed his talent and enrolled Konsek in lessons at the Park Club with the head professional, Jack Pritchard.

Konsek won a string of local, state, and national events between 1957 and 1964, including four consecutive NYSGA championships, three of which were consecutive N.Y.S. Men's Amateur Championship titles in 1958, 1959, and 1960. Additionally, he dominated the collegiate ranks while attending college at Purdue University. Konsek lead his team to three Big 10 Championship titles in 1958, 1959, and 1960. While at Purdue, Konsek also played in three head-to-head matches against a young Jack Nicklaus; Konsek defeated Nicklaus two out of three times they played.

In 1961, Konsek turned down an invitation to compete in the Master Tournament as it conflicted with his studies at the University of Buffalo. Enrolled in medical school at the time, Konsek went on to be a well-respected Oncologist in Wisconsin. Now retired, Konsek enjoys most of his time in South Carolina.

Career Highlights
N.Y.S. Junior Amateur Championship - 1957
N.Y.S. Men's Amateur Championship - 1958, 1959, 1960
East Aurora Junior Masters - 1954, 1957
Porter Cup - 1959, 1961
Monroe Invitational - 1959, 1964
Big 10 Championship Medalist and All-American (Purdue University) - 1958, 1959, 1960
U.S. Open - 1958, 1960
Purdue Sports Hall of Fame Member
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Member