Donald Robert 'Bob' McCallister
Donald Robert "Bob" McCallister was born May 3, 1934 in Toledo, OH to Donald and Lucille McCallister. As the son of a successful football coach he naturally grew up playing football. After one too many concussions, he was told he could no longer play football. His dad had a passion for golf and suggested he take up the sport. He famously replied, "I don't want to play that sissy game." However, at the age of 14, he picked up the clubs, began practicing religiously and so began his lifelong passion for the sport. Just 15 months later, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player to qualify for the US Open. He held that record for 60 years.
Bob continued to play on the amateur circuit winning countless tournaments. During the Korean War he enlisted in the Army. He was ready to head off to paratrooper training when his talents as a golfer caught the eye of his superiors and he was instead stationed at Fort Ord. He set the course record at the base golf course, Bayonet, which stood until the course was redesigned in 2007. After his stint in the Army, he went on to play at the University of Southern California where he was the first All-American golfer in the school's history. He won the PAC-8 title 2 years in a row. To this day he is the only player to have won that title twice.
In 1959, Bob turned pro and won his first tournament, the Paul Bunyan Open in Bangor, Maine. It was the golden era of golf and he played with all the greats from Jack Nicklaus to Arnold Palmer as well as countless celebrities such as Bob Hope and President Eisenhower. He continued to play the pro circuit winning the Orange County Open in 1961, the Sunset-Camellia Open in 1964 and the Mexican Open in 1966. While playing in the 1962 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia he experienced a series of mishaps but managed to hit a hole in one on the 6th hole. Also in 1962, Bob and his partner Albie Pierson, hall of fame pitcher for the California Angels, won the Bing Crosby Pro-Am earning them a permanent spot on the wall of fame at Pebble Beach.
After leaving the pro circuit in 1969 Bob held a series of other jobs but ultimately returned to the game he loved and found his true passion in teaching. He held the head pro position at various courses throughout Northern and Southern California, including Gold Hills Country Club in Redding, CA where he founded the Redding Area Junior Golf Association.
He played a short stint on the PGA Seniors Tour between 1984 and 1987 but ultimately returned to his passion for teaching others the game of golf. In 1995, he relocated from Southern California to Molalla, Oregon to become the head pro at Charbonneau Golf Club in Wilsonville, Oregon. It was here that he gained the family nickname Rooster. He retired from Charbonneau in 1999.
Bob was a devoted family man who enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life. He had a mischievous sense of humor, loved to play jokes on anyone that crossed his path and was known to stop and talk to anyone and everyone. He was civic-minded and became an active member in the Molalla community. Putting his passion for teaching to good use, he helped coach the Molalla High School girls and boys golf teams from 1996 until 2010. He was a man of strong faith and an enthusiastic member of Molalla Christian Church. He served on the local site council, was involved with Molalla FFA Alumni and was a permanent fixture at Cutting Edge gym and then Northwest Fitness for the past 15 years. After retirement, not one to sit on his laurels, he filled his time as a substitute mail carrier throughout Molalla.
Legendary is word that could be used to describe him but Bob was full of humility and few people actually knew the storied career that he led. He had a love and deep understanding of the game which was apparent to anyone he taught. His legacy lives on in the those he taught to also love the game of golf.
Bob passed away on January 26, 2021 from complications related to Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol, 8 children, 14 grandchildren and 3 sisters. A celebration of life will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you pick up your clubs, head to your favorite golf course and go play that sissy game.