PGA Life Member -- Retired, Master Teacher, Master Club Fitter
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Born in Corpus Christi, Texas C. Dale Boggs attended school in New Jersey. In 1971 he joined the PGA, and became a member in ’76.
During the summer and winter of 1971, Dale worked for Carl Jan, the PGA Section Secretary in New Jersey. That next summer, he worked for Don Vallario, at the Springbrook Country Club in Morristown, New Jersey. In the winter of 1972, he began working at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club for Ron Polane and the legendary Sam Snead.
In the summer of 1974, Dale worked for Joe Dodich at the Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. That winter he moved back to Florida to open Deer Creek Country Club, a new golf course in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The following summer he returned to St. Louis and worked at Bogey Hills Country Club. Between the winter of 1975 and the following winter, Dale lived in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico and worked for Mike Reynolds and Chi Chi Rodriguez as First Assistant and Teaching Professional at the Dorado Beach Hotel and Club. Also in ’75, he started and taught PGA tour player, Jay Delsing.
Dale returned to St. Louis midsummer of 1976 to become Head Pro at North Shore Country Club. In the spring of 1978 he moved from North Shore to oversee the construction of Granit City Army Depot, a nine hole course.
During the spring of 1980 Dale opened his own driving range he named the Creve Coeur Recreation Complex. In 1982, the Complex was appointed the first nationally approved Practice and Learning Center by the PGA Board of Directors. Dale worked on the Gateway Section Tournament Committee from 1977 until the end of 1983. He also helped to start the Gateway PGA Jr. Program called “Clubs for Kids.”
In the summer of 1984 he held a fund raiser for the Gateway PGA Jr. Program at his Creve Coeur Recreation Complex with Trick Shot Artist, Dennis Walters. Bob Costas was the MC and Jerry Tucker and Joe Schwent held their own exhibitions. Dennis Walters was brought back by Dale a second time to perform at Buder Park for “Clubs for Kids” along with Hale Irwin.
Along with teaching and organizing golf events, Dale has a long list of personal golf accomplishments starting with a National Father-Son Championship in 1971. He was also a 1974 Eastern Missouri Assistant PGA Champion, and a Dutch Harrison recipient that same year.
Dale has been a 5 time Local US Open Qualifier, a 6 time National Club Pro Qualifier, 2 time Medalist in the CPC and has been a Senior CPC Qualifier twice. He was winner of the Quarter Century Tournament 50 and Under in 2003 and was a runner up for the same tournament in 2004.
Dale is very proud of the fact that he is a record holder at the Bellerive Country Club 72 hole course with a score of 66 in the second round of the CPC Qualifier in 1988. Also in 1988 he finished 2nd to Stan Utley in the Missouri Open, shooting a 54 hole total of 14 under, 202.
Dale was a 2 time runner up to Tom Wargo at the Gateway Section Match Play Championship. He was also co-holder of the course record with Trevor Dodds at St. Alban’s Tavern Creek by shooting a 63. In his over 40 years of professional tournament play Dale has won over $100,000.
As a golf teacher, Dale has given private and group lessons and seminars to more than 100,000 people. He has worked with such greats as Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Davis Love II, Hank Haney, Peter Kostos, Mike Hebron, Bob Cook, and Stan Utley. In the mid 1970’s, he also worked with the Golf Digest Schools. Dale has had the privilege of working with many of the best amateurs in the St. Louis area, from State Amateur Champions and St. Louis District Champions like Don Bliss, Greg Gill, Scott Thomas, Dave Rhoades, and Ed Schwent. He’s enjoyed working with the LPGA young star, Alexis Thompson in her learning stages and fit her with her first set of custom fit clubs.
During the Professional Baseball lockout of 1994 and 1995, Dale started and taught Major League left-hand hitting outfielder, Andy Van Slyke, the right hand golf swing. Later, Van Slyke played the swing Dale had taught him, and won on the Celebrity Golf Tour.
Over the years Dale has received much recognition from not only the PGA, but also from the community. He was featured on the cover of the February 1994 issue of PGA Magazine, because of the work he and his family and friends did to rebuild the Creve Coeur Recreation Complex after the Great Flood of 1993.
In both 2001 and 2002, Dale received the Bill Strausbaugh Award. On May 25, 1999, he was honored as Maryland Heights Home Town Hero for his work and contributions to youth sports in the St. Louis Metro Area. In the year 2000, Dale was given a Life Membership by the National Registry of Who’s Who. He has been a supporter of the Cash For Kids Program, Youth in Need, and the Evangelical Children’s Home as well as many other such programs and organizations.
One of Dale’s greatest accomplishments was founding the Bogeymen Junior Golf Association. For more than five years, he worked teaching golf skills to children with no golf background. This is a totally free program for the community’s young people.