John Traub

Golfer, 1970-71

John Traub
John Traub

The SC4 golf program received national attention starting in 1970 thanks to the play of John Traub.

Traub, a 1969 Croswell-Lexington High School graduate, earned a golf scholarship from coach Robert “Sam” Kromer, who was the athletic director and also the men’s basketball coach at Port Huron Junior College at the time.

As a freshman, Traub was the medalist at the Region XII Tournament. The Skippers enjoyed a banner season, going undefeated for the season and finishing seventh at the National Junior College Tournament at Miami Lakes Country Club in Miami, Fla.

Traub returned to the Nationals the following year and finished 22nd in the country. The tournament was held at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc.

For three years, Traub worked as the assistant golf professional at Woodbridge Country Club in New Haven, CT. In 1976, he accepted a position of Teaching Professional at the Detroit Golf Club. Traub was named the head golf pro at Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester and selected as the pro of the Detroit Golf Club in 1991.

Professionally, Traub’s career highlight came in October of 1980, when he captured the National Club Professional Championship in Palm Beach Gardens. He rallied from seventh place to fire a final round 3-under-par 69. In addition to the top prize of $20,000, he was given a two-year exemption to the PGA Tour, along with a spot in the PGA Cup against Great Britain and Ireland.

The long-driving Traub won the Michigan PGA Championship in 1984. As a senior, he captured the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship twice, along with two Pro-Pro, two Senior-Junior and two Pro-Assistant titles.

The Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame member was elected into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.