Oak Tree co-founder Ernie Vossler dies at age 84

by Michael Baldwin Published: February 19, 2013

“He helped me considerably when I was starting out on the tour,” Morgan said. “He was my instructor almost entirely at that point and time. He had a lot of neat stories about the tour. We talked golf a lot but he talked about life in general. It was a total learning experience.”

Oak Tree teaching pro Jim Woodward also took his first pro lesson from Vossler at age 13. More than a decade later Woodward's first four years in the golf business was with Landmark working with Vossler and Walser.

“You would never meet two finer gentlemen, would never meet two more golf oriented people,” Woodward said. “Ernie was my matriarch that got me to love the game of golf. I know we don't live forever but it's always sad to lose those type of people. It's kind of ironic we lost both of them the past year.”

Walser died last year in Dallas at the age 80.

Vossler won the Kansas City Open in 1958, the Tijuana Open in 1959 and the Carling Open in 1960 but decided to become a teaching pro at Southern Hills in Tulsa, then Quail Creek to spend more time with his family.

One of Vossler's innovations was bundling a green fee to include golf carts and range balls.

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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