Tom Storey

Professional

Biography

Tom Storey is the classic journeyman golf pro. He’s won well more than 125 amateur and professional golf tournaments, and won those events in nearly every state in the country. Along the way, in the early years, he supplemented his PGA Tour and mini-tour winnings with night jobs as a song-and-dance man at nightclubs along the road. He and his partner had a popular act, called Tommy and Johnny, which always drew a good mix of professional golfers and nighttime revelers. The duo had long-running stints in the Main Room at the Aladdin Hotel, where words like “Electrifying”, “Excellent”, and “Watch as a new fan cult develop for Tommy and Jonny” were used to describe the duo.

Storey qualified at the very first PGA Tour Qualifying school, in sudden-death no less, and followed the Tour on and off for 15 years. He is the answer to the trivia question: Who led the Memphis Classic after the first round the year Al Geiberger shot the Tour’s first 59 in the second round? It was Tom, with a 65. The next day, as Geiberger was doing the unthinkable, Storey ballooned and made the 36-hole cut right on the number. He earned just over $40,000 during his PGA Tour career.

It’s very fitting that Tom’s only head pro job was at a now-defunct Las Vegas golf course called Louie Prima’s Fairway to the Stars. Storey danced right out of that full-time employment about a year later, and will proudly tell friends, “I’ve made it into my late 60s without ever getting a real job.” Tom Storey is Las Vegas’ real-life Tin Cup.

List of Achievements

  • 1948 Butch’s Father, Claude, wins The Masters
  • 1969-71 Competitor, PGA Tour
  • 1971 PGA Tour B.C. Open champion
  • 1995 Sports Illustrated Teacher of the Year
  • 1997 Creates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas’ Rio Secco Golf Club
  • 2002 Butch Harmon Player Series created on Southern Nevada Junior Golf Tour
  • 2003-08 Golf Digest Instructor of the Year
    Various:           Director of Golf, Lochinvar Golf Club, Houston, Texas
  • Director of Golf, Bayou Golf Club, Texas City, Texas
  • Head Professional, Crow Valley Country Club, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Teaching professional at Royal Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
  • Personal golf instructor to King Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco
  • Brothers Bill and Craig are also Top 50 teaching pros. Other brother, Dick, died in 2006 but was top teaching pro as well.