Gene Bates

Gene Bates

G

EDUCATION

University of Houston
Houston , Texas

Joined PGA Tour
1980

k

Fred Couples’ name is synonymous with golf in the modern era.  His ability as a world-class player keeps his name in the public spotlight. Whether he is sinking a ten-foot ‘money putt’ in the Skins Game or making an appearance at your site, Fred is one of the most popular figures in golf today.

In addition to site visits during construction and appearances at the grand opening ceremonies, the sheer marketing power of his name, nickname and physical presence will make a phenomenal impact on your project.

                Because of his success as a player, Fred transposes his unchallenged knowledge of golf strategy to golf course design.  Fred's exceptional playing ability and success in the game has allowed him to experience the great golf courses of the world.  Through his relationship with renowned designer Gene Bates, he can now bring his imaginative design solutions to reality.

Fred has made a commitment that if his name is associated with the design and marketing of a course, he will personally apply his design philosophy and strategy throughout the creative process. To Fred Couples, a signature course is a blend of design, integrity and reputation.  Fred Couples and Gene Bates are an unbeatable combination of world-class player and accomplished course designer, working together to create a new level of golf course design.

FRED COUPLES

Professional Accomplishments

PGA Tour Victories

1983 - Kemper Open
1984 – Player’s Championship
1987 - Byron Nelson Classic
1990 - Nissan Los Angeles Open
1991 - Federal Express – St. Jude Classic
1991 - B.C. Open
1992 - Nissan Los Angeles Open
1992 - Nestle Invitational
1992 – The Masters
1993 - Honda Classic
1994 - Buick Open
1996 – Player’s Championship
1998 - Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
1998 - The Memorial
2003 - Shell Houston Open

International Tour Victories

1991 - Johnnie Walker World Championship
1994 - World Cup (Individual)
1995 - Dubai Desert Classic
1995 - Johnnie Walker Classic
1995 - Johnnie Walker World Championship

Career Highlights

First PGA TOUR win came in five-man playoff at 1983 Kemper Open
Captured Tournament Players Championship in 1984, carding TPC-SAWGRASS course-record 64 in process. Lowered mark to 63 in 1992 PLAYERS Championship.
Claimed first of two Nissan Los Angeles Open titles in 1990.
Teamed with Raymond Floyd to win 1990 RMCC Invitational hosted by Greg Norman.
Career year was in 1992, when he won three events, including The Masters and more than $1.3 million.
Named PGA TOUR Player of Year for 1991 and 1992.
Won the 1993 Honda Classic over Robert Gamez on the second extra hole.
Captured Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International in 1993-94.
Won 1994 Buick Open by two strokes over Corey Pavin.
Opened 1995 TOUR schedule with T5 at Mercedes Championships and followed with five straight cuts, including T10 at The Masters
Recorded back-to-back victories on PGA European Tour in November 1995, first American to do so since Charles Coody (1973).  It was also the first time in his career he had consecutive wins...teamed with Davis Love III to win record four consecutive World Cup of Golf titles (1992-95)
Won 1995, 1996 and 1999 Skins Games
Teamed with Brad Faxon to win 1994 Shark Shootout.
Teamed with David Duval to win 1999 Shark Shootout.
Winner (with Mike Donald) of 1990 Sazale Classic, on Golf Course Designed by Gene Bates.
Winner of Vardon Trophy 1991-92, Arnold Palmer Award 1992, PGA Player of Year 1992.

Fred Couples
President of Couples Bates Golf Design