Robert Panasik

Category: Player – Amateur/Professional

Bob Panasik

Induction: 2005

Born: October 20, 1941
Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario

At 15, Bob Panasik played in the Canadian Open Championship.  When he made the cut to stay for all four rounds he made

history as well. In the 48 years since, no younger player has made the cut at a PGA Tour event. But his career does not stop there.  Bob has spent all his life committed to the game of golf and to competitive play.  Canadian Junior Champion in 1958 through to PGA of Canada Super Senior Champion in 2003, he has won a generous helping of tournaments, including 12 provincial titles, 2 PGA of Canada Championships, and 3 PGA of Canada Senior Championships. He also played his way into nine US Opens and 3 Canadian World Cup Teams.

International:

  • Qualified for the US Open Championship 9 times through Regional/Sectional Qualifying process: 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1983
  • 1968 Michigan PGA Assistants Champion: holds record margin of victory 10 strokes
  • 1970  Michigan PGA Assistants Championship – winner
  • Member of Canada’s World Cup Team: 1972-1973, 1975
  • 1994 Exempt to the Senior Tour
  • 2001 Qualified for the 2001 US Senior Open

National:

1958 Canadian Junior Champion

1972 and 1973 PGA of Canada Champion

1981 and 1993 PGA of Canada Club Professionals Champion

1997, 1998 and 2001 PGA of Canada Senior’s Champion: 1997-1998

2003 and 2004 PGA of Canada Super Seniors Champion 

Provincial:

1955 Ontario Bantam Boys’ Champion

1956 Ontario Juvenile Champion

1958 and 1960 Ontario Junior Champion

Willingdon Cup Team Member Ontario: 1958-1960

1959 Ontario Amateur Champion

1973 Newfoundland Open Champion

1974 Saskatchewan Open Champion

1974 and 1975 Alberta Open Champion

1974 Quebec Open Champion

1979 and 2002 Ontario Spring Champion

1979 PGA of Ontario Champion

1986 Manitoba Open Champion

1998 Ontario Summer Champion

Items of Note:

  • Youngest to make the cut in a regular PGA Tour event – the 1957 Canadian Open, at 15 years old, 8 months.  He finished T64.
  • 14 Appearances in the Canadian Open

Awards:

1973, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1984 PGA of Canada Order of Merit

1986 Order of Merit (Canadian Tour)

Inducted to Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2005

Inducted to PGA of Canada Hall of Fame in 2014

Resources:

Windsor Public Library

Images of Bob Panasik from the collection