Texas Tech Pros: John Paul Cain

John Paul Cain
John Paul Cain

Written By: Philip Casteel - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born January 14, 1936, a local golfer John Paul Cain was born and raised in Sweetwater, Texas. Cain would attend Texas Tech University and was a member of the golf team from 1955–1956 and 1958–1959. Cain helped the Red Raiders win the last two Border Conference championships in 1955 and 1956. In 1959, Cain helped the team win the Southwest Conference championship and place fifth in the NCAA Championship. It was the first Southwest Conference Championship won in the history of the school in any sport.

Cain worked as a stockbroker in Houston until turning professional in 1988 at the age of 52. Cain won his first tournament in 1989 at the Greater Grand Rapids Open. Cain was only the second Monday qualifier after Larry Mowry to win a Senior PGA Tour event. Cain's second Senior Tour title was at the Ameritech Senior Open. Cain won by one stroke, over Jim Colbert and Simon Hobday. Cain played until 1998. Cain made a name for himself during his brief but profitable career on the Champions Tour.

Cain was very popular on May 19, 2010 when a press release leaked out that the 74-year-old Cain, who grew up playing at BraeBurn Country Club, Champions Golf Club and Golfcrest Country Club, had passed away. It was Walter Cain, not John Paul, who died.

"My phone was ringing off the hook, I am just glad I could answer it," said a jovial Cain "I want everybody to know that the report of my demise is greatly exaggerated."

Cain is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

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