Ross Collins

Ross Collins was an all-around good athlete, but is known primarily in sports circles for his skills on the golf course, both as a player and a teaching pro. A member of the North Texas Hall of Fame and Texas Golf Hall of Fame, he was a two-time winner of both the National Lefthanded Championship and National Lefthanded Open. He also finished first on the National Lefthanded Tour in 1951-52. Ross served as the Head Golf Professional at Dallas' Lakewood Country Club, Dallas Athletic Country Club and Dallas Country Club, and most recently was Golf Director of River Hill Country Club in Kerrville. In 1961 he was the Golf Professional of the Year in Texas, and in 1971, he accepted the National Golf Professional of the Year award. Fifteen of his former assistants are head golf pros today. During the time that Ross and his family lived in Garland, from 1954 until 1980, he was active in Civic Affairs and was a member of the Garland Parks and Recreation Board and a past president of the Garland School Board. In college at North Texas State, Ross demonstrated his fine all-around capabilities by playing on seven championship teams in three different sports - tennis, basketball and golf. He was a key member of three consecutive conference-winning golf squads in 1946-48, capturing individual medalist honors his senior year.