John Traub made an impressive start in professional golf, becoming a PGA member in 1977 and then being named head professional at Great Oaks Country Club in 1978.
In 1980 he rallied from seventh place to fire a final round 3-under-par 69 and win the National Club Professional Championship, now called the PGA Professional Championship. In addition to the top prize of $20,000, he was given an exemption to the PGA Tour, along with a spot in the PGA Cup against Great Britain & Ireland.
In Michigan, the long-driving Traub won the PGA Championship in 1984 and, as a senior, twice won the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship. He won the Michigan PGA Senior, two Pro-Pro, two Senior-Junior and two Pro-Assistant titles as well.
Head professional at Detroit Golf Club from 1991-2001, Traub later became widely known for his teaching expertise.