Height: 6 ft
College: University of Alabama
Year Turned Pro: 1992
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Richard Fletcher Pride III, better known as Dicky Pride, is a study in persistence – never wavering in his pursuit of professional golf after a stellar amateur career.
Pride attended hometown University of Alabama on a golf scholarship and was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference team his junior and senior years. He also made it to the semi-finals of the 1991 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Pride turned pro in 1992 and in 1993 he earned his PGA Tour card at the year-end qualifying school tournament. Midway through 1994, Pride won in only his 19th start on the PGA Tour at the Federal Express St. Jude Classic. Pride won the tournament in style – defeating former PGA champion Hal Sutton and Gene Sauers in a sudden death playoff.
Through the end of June 2015, it would be Pride’s only win on the PGA Tour in a career that has seen him play in 432 tournaments.
Beginning in 2002, Pride underwent a series of separate, debilitating injuries that affected his career for the next decade. The period saw Pride bounce back and forth between the PGA Tour and what is now the Web.com Tour.
In 2012, Pride flashed a semblance of his old form on multiple occasions. He recorded two top tens early in the season (Mayakoba and the Honda Classic) and was in contention to win the HP Byron Nelson Classic all the way to the end before losing to Jason Duffner. Pride would finish second at the Nelson. By season end, Pride had made 12 of 19 cuts and more than 1.2 million dollars in earnings. It also qualified Dicky for special invitations into tournaments that only invited the top 70 players on tour.
The last couple of years haven’t been as productive for Pride, but rest assured he is a player who will never give up or give in.