William D P Carey II
2007 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

The entire Carey clan became trophy magnates, but it was Bill who stormed onto the scene once he moved to Denver in 1950 and won the Denver CC championship his first year. In 28 years, 1947-75, the Carey's stroked off with 24 DCC championships, eight of them by Bill. Known for being disciplined and meticulous as much as for never having taken a lesson in his life, he became notorious for playing courses every way but as designed, thus picking up the sobriquet of "Wild Bill." He may have had a tiger in his tank even before the modern day Eldrick came along because "creative shot-making" was "Wild Bill's" trademark.


Born in Oxford, England, in 1925 where his father was studying as a Rhodes Scholar, Bill launched his golfing career winning the Eastern Collegiate while attending Cornell, the family alma mater. Not to be overlooked was prepping at Prairie Dunes Club, regularly rated one of the top 20 courses in the world and where he won the club title an impressive four times.


However, once ensconced in Denver with a Muzak franchise in Boulder/Denver, Carey became a fixture on the amateur tournament circuit. He won the popular and power-packed old Park Hill Invitational a record five times, the Colorado Stroke Play championship in 1966, and had a banner year in 1969 when he qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont and the U.S. Open at Houston. He also became the youngest Denver Country Club president with his election in 1957 at the age of 32. Then again, the Carey name is synonymous with Denver CC. While Bill has passed away, daughter Meegan lives in Denver with daughter Katie, 19, and sons Mark, 21, and Timmy 10. "We're all hackers at Denver CC; none of us had dad's ability," Meegan insisted. Son David and wife Kathy Carey live in Hawaii with daughters Jessica and Shannon and sons Conner and Maverick.

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