Purvis Jennings "Jim" Ferree (born June 10, 1931) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.
Born in Pinebluff, North Carolina, Ferree grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from Reynolds High School. He learned the game of golf from his father, Purvis, long-time pro at Winston-Salem's Old Town Golf Club. Ferree played college golf at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Following service in the U.S. Army, he turned professional in late 1955.
Ferree had one PGA Tour win during his regular career years. He was regarded as one of the very best in the game in the tee-to-green ball-striking phase of the game, but putting was always his weakness. He spent most of his thirties and forties as the director of golf at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Ferree was later a club pro and joined the Senior PGA Tour at age fifty in 1981. He was chosen by PGA Commissioner Deane Beman to be the model for the knickers-wearing player on the Senior Tour's logo. He shares the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions record for most victories (9) with two other golfers. He was the Senior PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year in 1993.
In 1991, he became the first golfer inducted into the University of North Carolina's Hall of Fame. He lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina with his wife, Karen, also a former champion golfer.
1958 Vancouver Open Invitational
this list is probably incomplete1954 Forsyth County tournament
1955 Forsyth County tournament
1961 Jamaica Open
1962 Panama Open
1963 Maracaibo Open
1966 Carolinas PGA Championship
1967 Georgia PGA Championship
1977 Tri-State Open
1978 Tri-State PGA Championship
1981 Tri-State PGA Championship
1983 Tri-State Open
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
this list is probably incomplete1997 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with George Bayer)
2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Miller Barber)
2003 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Miller Barber)
2006 Grand Champions team better-ball (with Jack Fleck)
PGA Cup: 1979
YouTube – Jim Ferree interview (2014)