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Pete Vukson

Golf ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

If Pete Vukson isnít the countyís most ardent amateur golfer, he must be close. He shot a 31 on the No 1 nine at Blackhawk at age 75 Ė and that was after undergoing major surgery the year before. Most men 50 years younger would trade their best set of clubs for that score. Age didnít dim Peteís enthusiasm or skill at his favorite game: he won the B&W Gold League championship six times, including a final triumph at age 68 when he was the oldest linksman to turn that trick. He also won the 72 hole tournament at Rolling Acres at age 64. A Pittsburgh native, Pete came to Beaver County to work at the Curtiss-Wright plant in Vanport and won its first and only plant title in 1941. He had gotten his start in golf as a teenage caddy at the Shannopin Country Club and set course records at Blackhawk, Ohioview, Raccoon, and Coraopolis Heights. His Blackhawk record of 63 was set in 1953 on the long course, which has since been shortened. His 1958 record at Coraopolis Heights was 61 and included seven birdies and an eagle. He broke the course record at Raccoon twice, hitting a 65 in 1962 and a 64 in 1965. Pete had the dubious distinction of almost single handedly wrecking the Beaver County Industrial Golf League during the four years of its existence by winning 37 of its 40 matches while playing for the B&W team. He later starred for the Rochester Turners golf team and helped it win a national title.