2011 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
Mark Wiebe isn't a big fan of cold weather -- which is understandable for a PGA and Champions Tour veteran -- but that hasn't kept him from calling Colorado home for more than a quarter-century. And despite the snow and the cold of Colorado winters, that hasn't stopped Wiebe from being a successful Tour player -- and being inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. "Denver is home," he said. "All our kids were born in Denver. We feel part of what is going on. We've just really enjoyed living there and making it home."
During his time as a Colorado resident, Wiebe has won twice on the PGA Tour and three times on the Champions Tour, with the latest victory coming on the day of his Colorado Golf Hall of Fame induction. The second of his PGA Tour victories came the week before he claimed the 1986 Colorado Open title -- and donated half of his winning check to Craig Hospital, which was then the Open's main beneficiary.
"I had just won the Tour event (the Hardee's Golf Classic) the week before so I was on a mini-streak," Wiebe said. "I had just moved here and won the Colorado Open. That told me we're going to win here now. (Donating half his check) was one of the coolest things. I just wanted to do it because it was the right thing to do."
Wiebe went on to finish second in the 1987 Colorado Open and he became a regular at The International in Castle Rock, competing in the PGA Tour event a record 19 times in the 21-year history of the event. Twice, he placed in the top four at the tournament. He also helped the International develop the Pro-Junior Challenge, a unique concept which matched up worthy local junior golfers with PGA Tour players in a competition on Monday of tournament week at Castle Pines Golf Club.
Wiebe has done work with Special Olympics and the Gold Crown Foundation over the years, but more recently he and his family have taken on a Colorado charity, Adam's Camp, which organizes therapeutic and recreational programs for kids with developmental disabilities and their families. Over the course of five years, the tournament that Mark has hosted has raised roughly $260,000 for Adam's Camp.
"When you do something like that at home, it means so much more," Wiebe said.
As for life on tour, Wiebe won more than $4.3 million on the PGA circuit before injuries and a slump caused him to struggle with his game. But he bounced back in a big way on the Champions Tour, winning his first start after turning 50 in 2007, then another tournament in early 2008. In all of his five full seasons on the Champions circuit, Wiebe has finished in the top 30 on the year-long money list.
Wiebe's induction into the Hall of Fame comes a year after his son, Gunner, likewise received a significant Colorado golf honor, being named the Colorado Golf Association's Les Fowler Player of the Year for his 2010 accomplishments in the amateur ranks.