Saturday, January 2, 2010

1981 Donruss #46 Fuzzy Zoeller

The University of Houston golf program is one of the legendary athletic programs in NCAA history. 16 NCAA championships and some of the biggest names in golf are part of the UH legacy.

Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller Jr is one of those big names. Fuzzy came from Edison Junior College and only played one season for the Cougars, 1973. Unfortunately the 1973 season was not a championship year as UH came in second. Zoeller was not a big player for UH though since he didn't even compete during the championship match. That year Bill Rogers was first team All American and Bruce Lietzke made the All American Second team.

Zoeller did have a big impact on the PGA tour though going pro in 1974. He is one of only three players to win the Masters in his first appearance there (1979). He also won the US open in 1984. In 1985, he won the Bob Jones award.

I'm personally intrigued by a venture he started in 2009, Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka. The vodka is getting rave reviews. Sounds like something I need to try.

Today's card is the 1981 Donruss #46. Early '80s cards in general for all sports appear to have a low quality compared to cards of today, but this increase in competition with Topps and willingness to try new designs improved quality and design in the long run.

Happpy New Year

OK! It's the new year. Time to get serious about posting again.