2003 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
To appreciate the dominance of John F. Olive in Colorado Golf Association senior championships, consider the following: From 1997 through 2003, John entered 11 CGA Senior Stroke and Senior Match Play Championships -- and won nine of them. During that period, John was never beaten in the Senior Stroke Play and his record in the Senior Match Play was 30-2. Add all this up and it's not too surprising that he set a record in 2005 by winning his seventh CGA Senior Player of the Year award.
John was born in New York City in 1945. After graduating from Hanover Park High School in New Jersey in 1963 he attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and graduated in 1967. John was a standout basketball player in college, where he was a three-year letterman. After graduation from the Academy he served in the Air Force for four years. After his service he remained in Colorado Springs where he built a successful real estate business and continued to work on his golf game -- a game he didn't take up until college.
By 1977 John's game was at a level where he was able to win the CGA Stroke Play Championship. In the subsequent 25 years, John won more than 35 major tournaments in Colorado, Arizona and California, including the 2001, '02 and '03 Southern California Senior Amateur Championships.
In addition to his dominance of CGA senior amateur events, he also won the inaugural Colorado Senior Open Championship in 1999. He remains the only amateur winner of that event. John has qualified for five U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, three times claiming medalist honors in qualifying. John competed in the 2000 U.S. Senior Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Senior Open where he had the "alphabetical" fortune of lockering next to some guy named Nicklaus and where he played well enough to make the cut.
John's exceptional competitive drive does not overshadow his sportsmanship. When John accepted his sixth CGA Senior Player-of-the-Year award he said that it is the friendships and camaraderie that has made his competitive golf career worthwhile.