Ernie Gonzalez is a professional golfer who is best known for being an active player in the PGA Tour during the 1980s. Born on February 18, 1961, Gonzalez grew up in San Diego, California, where he was raised by his father who was of Mexican descent, and his Puerto Rican mother. During his younger years, Gonzalez studied at the United States International University where he was a part of the school’s golf varsity team.
After Gonzalez finished his studies, he turned pro in 1983, and soon proceeded to compete as a full time professional. However, it was only in 1985 to 1989 that Gonzalez was able to play on the PGA Tour full time.
One of this most memorable participation was when he shot a 14-under par 128 which allowed him to edge out Joey Sindelar. As a result, Gonzalez won the tournament by just one stroke at the Pensacola Open in 1986. This was noted as his only elite Tour victory throughout his career.
After Gonzalez lost his PGA Tour card, he did not focus solely on playing in the Nationwide Tour, although he did play in just a few tournaments. He did participate in some PGA Tour events after getting through with some exemptions, however, he focused more on being a warehouseman and a golf instructor afterwards.
Throughout his career, Gonzalez was not able to win a single Major Championship, as he was either cut or simply did not play in the said tournaments. He has one professional win, which was on the PGA Tour: the 1986 Pensacola Open.