Born on O’ahu and raised in Kaneohe, Dean Wilson was a “late-comer” to golf taking up the sport about age 12 when he asked his mother to take him to a golf course. He immediately fell in love with the game and set a goal to become a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.

Dean participated and excelled in Hawaii’s junior golf program and made Castle High School’s golf team. He worked part-time at a golf club repair shop where he learned how the equipment worked. Each club in his bag had a different head: Spalding, Wilson, Top-Flite, etc. and still his scores beat his opponents.

As a high school senior with limited playing experience, the only collegiate offer was a scholarship from BYU-Hawaii, which ended its program after Dean’s first year. With the encouragement of his coach he went to BYU’s main campus in Utah and made the team as a walk-on, something that is rarely done.

In 1992, Dean turned pro and played on the Australian, Canadian, Asian and U.S. Buy.Com tours in relative obscurity for 7 years. In 2000, he qualified for the Japan tour and won two major tournaments which earned him a spot on the U.S. Open.

In the PGA, 2006 was his best year. Dean won The International and finished second at the Valero Texas Open. His last full season was in 2011. He will likely not continue playing on the senior circuit.


(Born December 1969)

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