Don January

Graduation Year: 
1953

Don January in the 1952 Yucca yearbookDon January (’53), PGA and UNT golf great, is interviewed in the March 31 issue of Golf World in “Words From the Wise,” along with other legends from the sport. The 32-time winner on the PGA and Champions Tours, who also helped North Texas win four consecutive NCAA championships, recalls his college days.

“I taught golf in the P.E. department for room and board, books and tuition. That was my “scholarship” — plus a $10-a-month laundry check. I lived on that $10.”

He also reminisces about his golfing past, including good days — first qualifying for the Masters and helping to remove the “Caucasians-only” clause from the PGA regulations — and bad days, such as when he “gave away the ’61 PGA” after being so close to the win he rehearsed his acceptance speech. He didn’t sleep for six months.

“Back when I played,” he says, “our sport psychologist was called a bartender.”