FULL NAME: Andy North
BIRTHDATE: March 9, 1950
BIRTHPLACE: Thorpe, WI
RESIDENCE: Madison, WI
EDUCATION: University of Florida (1972, B.S.)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: All sports, gardening, snow shoeing, biking
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1972
PGA TOUR VICTORIES: 1977 American Express Westchester Classic. 1978 U.S. Open Championship. 1985 U.S. Open Championship.
OTHER INFORMATION: Made just three appearances in 2004 while still battling injuries...Has made 89 starts on Champions Tour since joining in 2000...Best finish was a solo second at the 2001 Emerald Coast Classic, where he lost in a one-hole playoff with Mike McCullough near Pensacola...In all had 10 top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour...Teamed with Jim Colbert to win a second consecutive Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf title in 2001...Joined the PGA TOUR in 1973 and played full-time until the 1992 season when he was slowed by various physical woes...Underwent six knee surgeries and operations to remove skin cancers from his nose and cheek, suffered from right elbow bone spurs and also battled shoulder and neck problems, as well...Two-time winner of the U.S. Open and one of 19 players with more than one Open win...First victory came at Cherry Hills CC in Colorado in 1978 and the second at Oakland Hills CC in Birmingham, MI, in 1985. Had four-stroke lead at Cherry Hills with five holes to play. By the time he reached the 18th hole, needed only bogey to win. He secured that for victory over Dave Stockton and J.C. Snead...Victory at Oakland Hills came with a 279 total, one stroke better than international runner-up trio of Tze-Chung Chen of Taiwan, Dave Barr of Canada and Denis Watson of Zimbabwe...Other PGA TOUR victory came in 1977 when he prevailed in the Westchester Classic...Shares the PGA TOUR's nine-hole scoring record with Billy Mayfair and Mike Souchak. Shot a 27 at the 1975 B.C. Open...Played on the 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup team and also represented the United States in the 1978 World Cup...Serves as an analyst on ABC & ESPN's telecasts...Was a color analyst on ESPN telecasts prior to joining the Champions Tour in 2000...Three-time All-America selection at the University of Florida...Avid follower of University of Wisconsin sports and, at one time, assisted the Badger football staff...Won the 1969 Wisconsin Amateur and 1971 Western Amateur.