The Dick Smith Cup Matches were established in 1993 to celebrate 24 of the best PGA Assistant Professionals in the Philadelphia Section. The event is held each year in Atlantic City, NJ where these professionals join together for two days of friendly competition and get the wonderful experience of spending time with some of the most well respected PGA Professionals in our Association.
The Matches honor the service and legacy of the 27th President of the PGA of America, Dick Smith, Sr. A native of Baltimore, MD, Mr. Smith started playing golf at the age of 10 in the Baltimore City Junior Golf Program and in 1959 he won the Maryland State Jaycee Junior Championship. In 1962 he came to the Philadelphia Section working as an Assistant Professional at Green Valley CC and in 1964 he attained his PGA Membership and spent time at a few different clubs in NJ. Then in 1981 he became the head golf professional at Woodcrest CC where he would stay for 12 years.
Along with being a wonderful club professional Mr. Smith is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Philadelphia Section. He is a five time Section Champion with three of those wins coming in succession. He is a six- time Player of the Year and he won the DeBaufre Scoring Average Trophy six times as well. On the National stage he has played in five PGA Championships and the 1970 U.S. Open. He qualified for the PGA Club Professional Championship fifteen times and the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship three times. In 1970 he tied for fourth at the Club Professional Championship and he won the Philadelphia Open. He has also played in two U.S. Senior Opens and two PGA Senior Championships.
As great as his playing record is he is more well known for his service to the Section and the Association. Mr. Smith was elected to the Section office of first Vice President at the 1974 fall meeting. This was his first political step in what would take him to the highest office in the PGA of America. After three years as the Section’s first Vice President he was elected as the 22nd President of the Philadelphia Section. He served the Section as its 22nd President for three years, 1978 to 1980. Also in 1980 Mr. Smith was selected as the Philadelphia Section’s Golf Professional of the Year. In late 1983 the Philadelphia Section selected him to represent District 2 as aPGA District Director for a three- year term. At the PGA national meeting in 1986 he was elected to national office for a two-year term as Secretary. After that he served as the Vice President in 1989-1990 and finally President in 1991-1992. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame in 1992 and he was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005.
Currently Mr. Smith owns and operates the Dick Smith Golf Academy at Valleybrook Golf Course in Blackwood, NJ. He is still very active as a past President of the Section and the Association.