Waterloo | Inducted 2023 | Category: Amateur/Professional Player

A golfing phenom at an early age, Dunakey was just 13 years old when he shot a first-round 69 at the Waterloo Open and got paired with 1969 Masters champion Bob Goalby the following day.

Dunakey built a career in golf-rich Waterloo that saw him win as a junior, an amateur and a professional.

His three most prestigious amateur victories were the IGA’s Iowa Junior Amateur in 1981, the IGA Match Play crown in 1985 and the Iowa Amateur in 1987.

“At a young age, he was a competitor that just hit the next shot without any dramatics – just getting the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible for that day,” said IGA Board Member Tom Christensen of Waterloo. “He cared about the game and those that he played with.”

After a successful career at Waterloo Columbus and Cal State-Stanislaus, where he was a three-time all-American, played on national championship teams in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and was enshrined in the program’s athletic hall of fame (1985), Dunakey pursued a professional career.

He made it to the PGA Tour, where he had 96 career starts. His best finish was a third at the 1999 Honda Classic, one of his three Top 10s. Doug also made 72 starts on the then-called Nike Tour. He won the 1998 Nike Cleveland Open, one week after shooting 59 at the Nike Miami Valley Open.

Career Highlights

  • Won the 1981 IGA Iowa Junior Amateur at Jester Park in Granger, beating Tim Joselyn on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • Won the 1985 IGA Match Play crown at Cedar Rapids Country Club
  • Won the 1987 Iowa Amateur at Lake Panorama
  • Played on three national title teams at California State-Stanislaus (1983, 1984, 1985) and was an all-American his final three seasons in the program
  • Had 96 career starts on the PGA Tour, with his best finish a third at the 1999 Honda Classic
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