Born: July 18, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri
Died: July 28, 2018
Professional golfer Bruce Lietzke moved to Beaumont with his parents in 1960 and lived there until 1977, graduating from Forest Park High School in 1969. He earned a golf scholarship to the University of Houston, where he graduated in 1973.
Winner of the Texas State Amateur title in 1971, Lietzke was also the low University of Houston scorer in both the Tucker Invitational and Rice Invitational the same year. During his 1971-1973 collegiate years, he won the Inwood Forest Tournament and was a member of the U.H. Cougar team which won the SWC match play tourney.
Turning pro in 1973, he earned his Tour card in 1974 and has never finished a year below 74th on the money list. He won 13 tournaments on the PGA Tour, including the Tucson Open, Byron Nelson Classic, Southwestern Bell Colonial National Invitational (in 1980 and 1992), and two victories in the Canadian Open.
He has had seven victories on the Champions Tour, including one senior major title. He played on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team (1981) and in a U.S. vs. Japan meet (1984).
Lietzke was active in junior golf and runs the Idlewyld Championship Clinic.