Fort Dodge | Inducted 2008 | Category: Amateur Golfer

Tom Chapman Jr., was a two-sport standout at the University of Iowa in golf and basketball after a distinguished career at Fort Dodge High School. Playing for the legendary Ralph Miller, Chapman averaged 16.8 points a game his senior year for the Hawkeyes and shot a team-best 87 percent from the free-throw line.

But it was golf that Chapman Jr., is best known for. He was a two-time Iowa Golf Association Amateur of the Year (1967, 1973). He also recorded the best stroke average in 1972. But that season, players were required to play in the Iowa Amateur, Iowa Masters and Iowa Open to be eligible for the award. Chapman Jr. won the Iowa Amateur and was a low amateur in the Iowa Open but didn’t play in the Iowa Masters. The award was presented to John Liechty instead. Chapman Jr., won 13 of the state’s designated championships during his distinguished career. That resume is highlighted by the Iowa Amateur title in both 1967 and 1972.

Chapman Jr., also won the Herman Sani Invitational twice (1967, 1973), the Northwest Amateur four times (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975), the Fort Dodge Amateur four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1974) and the Tournament of Champions in 1972. Tom Chapman Jr., was 62 when he passed away on Jan. 6, 2007.

Career Highlights

  • Won a total of 13 Iowa majors in nine-year period
  • Iowa Amateur Player of the Year: 1967, 1973
  •  Iowa Amateur Champion: 1967 , 1972
  • Herman Sani Champion: 1967, 1973
  •  Northwest Amateur Champion: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
  •  Fort Dodge Amateur Champion: 1970-71, 1973, 1974
  • Tournament of Champions Winner: 1972
  • Two sport athlete, Basketball and Golf, at the University of Iowa
  • Averaged 16.8 points a game his senior year at Iowa

Click on The Following Links to read articles from local Iowa newspapers about Tom Chapman’s great career

Chapman Benefit (alias FD Am) Field Full

Chapman Easily Wins 4th Northwest Crown

Crowd Noise

Chapman Wins Seven Tournaments

Newton’s Chapman Glad He’s No Pro

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