Howard Creel was born in Pueblo and started playing golf around 1920. He was a longtime resident of Colorado Springs and was once known as the king of the nation’s left-handed golfers, though he was right-handed in other respects. He won the national tournament for lefties every time he entered. Creel reportedly was the first left-hander to play in the U.S. Open.
Creel’s other accomplishments include winning the Broadmoor Men’s Invitational in 1928 and 1938 and then going 19 years before he won again in 1957.
Creel captured the CGA Match Play title in 1931.
He once shot a 62 at his home course of Pueblo Country Club, and a 65 at the Broadmoor.