Hale Irwin, born in Joplin, Missouri in 1945 and raised in Baxter Springs, Kansas, grew to learn and love the game of golf at an early age. It was in Baxter Springs where Hale and his Dad spent countless hours on the sand greens at the local muni. The work on those sand greens helped Hale break 70 for the first time at age 14. At that time, the Irwin family relocated to Boulder, CO, where Hale began to star at the prep level in golf, football and baseball. Hale led Boulder High School to a state title in football as their quarterback his senior year, granting him a scholarship to the University of Colorado. In addition, his numerous state championships in golf allowed him to be named to the Colorado State High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
At the University of Colorado, Hale was an unusual two-sport athlete: a four year letterman in golf, eventually winning the Big 8 Conference Championship two years in a row and the 1967 NCAA Championship, as well as a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a football defensive back. During his time at CU, Hale was also a three time Academic All-American. His heroics on the gridiron earned him a spot as a member of Colorado's All-Century Football Team and achievements in both sports eventually led to his induction into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. During his junior year at CU, Hale met his wife to be, Sally, and they married shortly after Hale’s graduation in 1967. A highlight of Hale’s career includes delivering the commencement address at his alma mater in May 2007.
The couple eventually settled in St. Louis to raise their family. Hale’s son, Steve, also played on the Colorado golf team and has won numerous Colorado State Championships during his amateur career. Steve got his start in golf at age 4 through his father, the same age Hale learned to play from his father. Hale’s daughter, Becky lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons, who keep Hale and Sally busy during off weeks! Hale and Sally currently reside in Paradise Valley, AZ.Back to top