Jeff Van Wagenen

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Jeff Van Wagenen
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Van Wagenen in Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1974
Personal information
Born (1948-07-16) July 16, 1948 (age 70)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight97 kg (214 lb; 15.3 st)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
College Loyola Marymount University
Turned professional1972 and 1996
Former tour(s) European Senior Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour1

Jeff Van Wagenen (born July 16, 1948) is an American professional golfer who played on the European Seniors Tour and PGA Tour Champions from 1998 to 2008.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot not play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

PGA Tour Champions US-based golf tour for men 50 and older

PGA Tour Champions is a men's professional senior golf tour, administered as a branch of the PGA Tour.


Van Wagenen grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Brophy College Preparatory before accepting a golf scholarship to Loyola Marymount University. Van Wagenen also played intercollegiate tennis and rugby. He was #1 man on the golf team from 1967–1970 and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1971.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

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Loyola Marymount University Jesuit university in Los Angeles

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private Jesuit and Marymount research university in Los Angeles, California. The university is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education.

Van Wagenen was a professional golfer in the early 1970s, but then gave up the game to become a businessman. He joined Price Pfister (now known as Pfister) in 1975 and was instrumental in developing "The Fabulous Faucet with the Pfunny Name" tagline. The company grew dramatically and Van Wagenen was part of a LBO, public, offering, and ultimately the sale of Price Pfister to Black and Decker in 1988. He spent the next nine years as Vice President of Marketing for Familian, now known as Ferguson.

Van Wagenen became a professional golfer again in 1996 and had success playing on the Champions Tour and on the European Seniors Tour, winning the Tui Golf Championship Fleesenseein 2000.

Tui Golf Championship Fleesensee

The Tui Golf Championship Fleesensee was a men's senior professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour, held on the Schloss course at the Golfclub Fleesensee near Fleesensee, Göhren-Lebbin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in north-east Germany. It was held just once, in September 2000, and was won by Jeff Van Wagenen who finished a shot ahead of Tommy Horton and Noel Ratcliffe. The total prize fund was €200,000 with the winner receiving €32,750.

Van Wagenen and his wife, Cher, have two children. Jeffrey A. Van Wagenen Jr. (married to Dawn, have two children) is an attorney, and Assistant County Executive Officer in Riverside County, California. Brodie Van Wagenen (married to Molly, have three children) is a former sports agent and the current general manager of the New York Mets.

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Van Wagenen's father was Anthony L. Van Wagenen Jr. (1893–1982), a prominent attorney and rancher in Arizona. Van Wagenen's aunt was Gertrude Van Wagenen (1892-1978) an American biologist at Yale University from 1931–1978. She and gynecologist John McLean Morris are considered the "discoverers" of morning after contraception (commonly known as the day after pill.

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Professional wins (1)

European Seniors Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1Sep 17, 2000 Tui Golf Championship Fleesensee −11 (67-68-73=208)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Tommy Horton, Ulster Banner.svg Noel Ratcliffe

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