By David Shefter, USGA
FAR HILLS, N.J. (October 17, 2005) -- Two-time USA Walker Cupper and 1938 British Amateur champion Charlie Yates of Atlanta, Ga., died Monday in his hometown at the age of 92 from a long illness. Yates, who compiled a 3-0-1 overall record in his two Walker Cup appearances (1936 and ’38), also captained the 1953 USA team that featured future U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi and future USGA president William C. Campbell.
Yates, the 1980 recipient of the USGA’s Bob Jones Award, also won the 1934 NCAA title at Georgia Tech and the 1935 Western Amateur. Fred Haas, who defeated Yates for the 1937 Southern Amateur title, called him “the toughest competitor in America.”
Yates would go on to play in the first 11 Masters Tournaments, finishing as the low amateur three times. Yates’ best finish at the U.S. Amateur was the round of 16 in 1934 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
But his nephew, Danny Yates, would win the 1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur and finish as the runner-up at the 1988 U.S. Amateur to Eric Meeks. Danny played on two Walker Cup teams and captained the USA squad in 1999 and 2001.