West Branch | Inducted 2012 | Category: Professional Golfer
Dave Rummells started his career in West Branch and went on to a distinguished career on the PGA Tour. He was a two-time Iowa High School State Champion (1975 & 1976) and was inducted into the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a letter winner for the University of Iowa in 1977-78 and 1980-81. Dave’s short amateur career was highlighted by a Herman Sani Invitational win and IGA Player of the Year award in 1981.
Rummells was a fulltime member of the PGA Tour from 1986 through 1998. His best finish was a 2nd in the Buick Invitational of California. He made 192 cuts in 337 career starts and had 23 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour. Highlights included a 6th place finish in the 1988 PGA Championship, a tie for 5th in the 1989 PGA and a tie for 31st at the 1989 Masters. He ended up with over $1.9 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
In the 1990’s he won twice on the Nationwide Tour, the 1996 Nike South Carolina Classic and the 1997 Nike Knoxville Open. He joined the Champions Tour in 2008, qualified for the 2011 U.S. Senior Open and won the 2011 Texas Senior Open.
In a letter supporting his nomination, family friend Kerry Jones recalled growing up with Dave in West Branch. “Not only is Dave a phenomenal golfer but he is also a terrific person, great husband and father. In the times I have visited him or seen him in passing he always has a smile and takes the time to chat. He also is still that same small town Iowa boy who remembers where he came from and what got him to where he is today”.
1975, 76 Iowa High School State Champion
Inducted into Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame in 2011
1981 Herman Sani Invitational Champion
1981 IGA Player of the Year
Full time member of PGA Tour 1986-1998
Finished 24th on PGA Tour Money List in 1989
23 Top 10’s on PGA Tour
Runner-up 1993 Buick Invitational
5th place 1989 PGA Championship
6th place 1988 PGA Championship
Champion – Nationwide Tour 1996 Nike South Carolina Classic
Champion – Nationwide Tour 1997 Nike Knoxville Open
Joined Champions Tour in 2008
Champion – 2011 Texas Senior Open