Bill Gerber

Inducted in 2003

For two decades Syracuse’s winningest amateur golfer was Bill Gerber. Those years ran from 1961 when he played his way to the Onondaga Junior Championship to 1981 when he last qualified for the British Amateur. In between, his links victories numbered in dozens as he turned nearly every match into a trophy.

Going back to Bill’s earlier days, the records show that he won the Tucson Arizona City Amateur Championship, the Syracuse District Junior Championship, the Section III High School title and third place in the State High School Championships. All this happened in 1961.

Further along in his sensational career, Billy added the Syracuse District Championship three times, the Craig Wood Amateur Championship in Lake Placid twice, three Syracuse Herald Amateurs and more country club member-guests than you can shake a seven iron at. He also qualified for the Canadian Amateur, British Amateur and French Amateur numerous times and for the New York State Amateur an amazing twenty times, including eighteen in a row. He was a medalist in this event four times. His two-round 142 in the 1971 Craig Wood stands as a record today.

Accomplishments: Wins include the SDGA District Amateur (1965, '70, '73) and the Herald Amateur (1970, '73, '75). Also qualified for 20 New York State Amateurs, including 18 in a row, and played in four U.S. Amateurs, four British Amateurs and a Canadian Amateur. Finished 48th in the 1973 U.S. Amateur and advanced to the fourth round of the 1981 British Amateur. Finished second in the SDGA's Gerry Ashe Memorial three times (1973, '74, '75).

Business commitments forced him to curtail his golfing activities in the early 80's but he still has a solid game and can break par with acceptable frequency.