In addition to having been a captain on the golf team at Duke University, Mike Souchak was an end and a kicker on the Blue Devils’ football team.
After college the stocky and muscular Souchak concentrated on golf and it led to 15 PGA Tour victories. He is perhaps best remembered for his record-breaking win at the Texas Open in 1955 when he shot a 27-under par 257. That 72-hole record stood until 2001. He also played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1959 and ’61.
A native of Berwick, Pa., Souchak came to Michigan in 1967 as a successor to Al Watrous at Oakland Hills Country Club. During his time in Michigan, he won the Michigan Open Championship, the Michigan PGA Professional Championship, the Michigan Pro-Amateur, the Michigan Pro-Assistant twice and the Michigan Pro-Pro.
Souchak also played on the PGA Senior Tour now known as the PGA Tour Champions from 1980 to 1990. His best finish was second.