“From the time I wore knee pants I knew I wanted to be a golf pro,” Ray Maguire once said.
His knee pants start was as a 10-year-old caddie at Oakland Hills. Maguire eventually served as an assistant professional at Oakland Hills and then spent three decades as a head professional at Birmingham Country Club.
Maguire was a quintessential club professional, teaching, running tournaments and always on hand. Maguire didn’t chase the professional circuit like many of his contemporaries, but he made national news during the 1949 United States Open qualifying event at Plum Hollow. He aced the 205-yard fifth hole with a 2-iron shot and then collected another hole-in-one on the 164-yard 14th with a 4-iron.
Maguire was named the PGA of Michigan’s Golf Professional of the Year in 1970.