Dave Thomas was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England on 16 August 1934. He became one of Britain's foremost golfers of the 1950's and 1960's winning over a dozen tournaments in Britain and Europe and on two occasions finished second in The Open Championship.

In 1958 Dave Thomas tied in The British Open at Royal Lytham before narrowly losing the play-off to Australian Peter Thomson and again at Muirfield in 1966 he finished runner-up to Jack Nicklaus, for which he was awarded the Braid Taylor Memorial medal. He represented Great Britain in the Ryder Cup in 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1967, accumulating a 3-10-5 win-loss-half record, but was only once beaten in five singles matches.

Leading the 1958 British Open at Royal Lytham
Dave Thomas achieved success over the spectrum of the game which started in 1949 as an assistant before becoming a tour playing professional, club professional, golf course designer and architect.
As an international golfer Dave Thomas represented Wales in the Canada Cup on nine occasions during the late fifties and sixties, and the World Cup in 1969 and 1970 and again at the Double Diamond Internationals in 1972. Another notable achievement among many was winning the PGA News of the World Matchplay Championship at Turnberry in 1973. Former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas was elected Captain of the Professional Golfers' Association for their Centenary celebrations for the years 2001 and 2002 and was recognized for his contribution to golf being made an Honourary Life Member of the PGA in 2006.

1955 Belgium Open
bullet1958 Dutch Open
bullet1959 French Open
bullet1961 Esso Golden Tournament
bullet1962 Esso Golden Tournament
bullet1963 British PGA Matchplay Championship
           Olgiata Trophy (Rome)
bullet1965 Silentnight Tournament
bullet1966 Esso Golden Tournament
           Penfold Tournament
           Jeyes Pro-Am Tournament
bullet1968 Penfold Tournament
bullet1969 Graham Textiles Champion
           Pains Wessex Champion
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