Andy North has been a golfer for most of his life. He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida where he played for coach Buster Bishop from 1969 to 1972. He was a three-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and an All-American in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as “Gator Great.”
Andy North turned professional in 1972 and had a moderately successful career on the PGA Tour that was made remarkable by the fact that two of his three wins on the Tour were in the U.S. Open. He was 28 years old when he won the 1978 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. At the 1985 U.S. Open, North went into the last hole with a two shot lead, and his bogey five was enough to give him a second major championship. He also played on the 1985 Ryder Cup team where the Americans lost to the Europeans 16½ to 11½ points. In 1990, he won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, besting Payne Stewart and Curtis Strange.
Since 1993, North has served as a golf analyst for ESPN and has intermittently played on the Champions Tour. He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
To watch golf tip videos featuring Andy North, click here.