Bruce Vaughan is the 50th inductee into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame and 8th in the category of Professional Player. He has been a member of the PGA of America since 1982. Originally from Kankakee, Ill., Bruce didn’t play golf until age 20 as a firefighter in Hutchinson, KS. His mentor in the game was Ralph Terry – former professional pitcher, New York Yankees World Series MVP, and PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions golfer later in life.
Just six years after picking up golf, Bruce’s natural aptitude for the game led him on to professional golf. He became a contestant in the PGA Tour Champions Tradition 7 times, played in the Senior PGA Championship and the US Senior Open Championship 7 times and 8 times in the Senior Players Championship – with top 25 finishes in each. Bruce had 3 wins in the 1994 – 2 on the Nike Tour in Texas, Florida and a win in South Africa on the Sunshine Tour and was the 2008 Senior Open Champion at Royal Troon in Scotland. He is a 4-time champion of the Southwest KS Pro-Am and was inducted into the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am Hall of Fame in 2019.
Bruce lives in Hutchinson with wife Beverly and son Brett. He is a member at Prairie Dunes Country Club and can often be found giving swing tips on the driving range or playing in charity events in Southwest Kansas. He enjoys giving back, including volunteering at the Kansas State Fair each year as the train conductor. Bruce is a talented bowman who loves to spend time in the field as a Professional Guide in Kansas and South Africa.
His induction ceremony was held on October 21, 2022 at Prairie Dunes Country Club.