Pat Rea was born in Stockton, Kan., in 1932 and was the head professional at Pueblo Country Club from 1957-97. This 40-year span at one club may be unrivaled in Colorado.
An outstanding teacher as well as a player, Rea has coached and supported the University of Southern Colorado (now known as CSU-Pueblo) golf team pro bono and has been a strong advocate for junior golf for years. He served as secretary and later on the board of the Colorado PGA, which he joined in 1957 as one of its original members.
Pat played in three U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships, and won the Colorado Open in 1975, the Wyoming Open, the Mile High Open, the Southern Colorado Open, the Colorado PGA Championship, and the Colorado PGA Senior Championship (twice). He was named Colorado PGA Player of the Year in 1976.
After retiring in 1997, he became Pueblo Country Club’s golf pro emeritus. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 81.