|Full name Lonnie Dean Nielsen|
College University of Iowa
Height 1.8 m
Turned professional 1976
Children Sarah, Mollie, Andrew
Current tours Champions Tour
|Spouse Mary Jo (1977-present)|
Name Lonnie Nielsen
Education University of Iowa
Nationality United States
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Weight 91 kg
|Born June 29, 1953 (age 62)
Belle Plaine, Iowa (1953-06-29) |
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States, Orchard Park, New York, United States
Lonnie Dean Nielsen (born June 29, 1953) is an American professional golfer.
- Regular career wins 34
- Champions Tour wins 2
- Other senior wins 2
- Results in major championships
- US national team appearances
Nielsen was born and raised in Belle Plaine, Iowa. His father started him in golf as a youngster on the sand green courses in and around his hometown. He attended the University of Iowa, where earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1976.
Nielsen was a member of the PGA Tour from 1978–1983 but did not win any tournaments. He has won over 30 other tournaments though, most of which were played in New York.
Nielsen became a member of the Champions Tour upon reaching the age of 50 in the summer of 2003. He won his first Champions Tour event at the Commerce Bank Championship in 2007. His second Champions Tour win came in 2009 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, where he came from three strokes behind Fred Funk in the final round with a 9 under par 63 to win by three strokes.
In 2009, Nielsen became the first tour professional to serve as a lead contributor to the GIVE (Golf For Injured Veterans Everywhere) Foundation.
Nielsen was inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.
Regular career wins (34)
Champions Tour wins (2)
Champions Tour playoff record (0–1)
Other senior wins (2)
Results in major championships
Note: Nielsen never played in the Masters Tournament nor The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.