Carl Jerome “Jerry” Barber was an American pro golfer who stands at five feet five inches tall, and was born on April 25, 1916 in Woodson, Illinois and grew up in Jacksonville. He was a member of the Ryder Cup team in 1955 and was the team captain in 1961. He also holds the record of being the oldest golfer to participate in the 1994 Buick Invitational, a PGA Tour event, at the age of 77.
He won a total of 13 professional wins, which includes 7 PGA Tour events. The PGA Tours he won were the 1953 Azalea Open Invitational; the 1954 All American Open; the 1960 Yorba Linda Open Invitational, and the Tournament of Champions; then again the Azalea Open Invitational in 1961 and 1963.
Barber won his only major golf title in 1961 at the PGA Championship, played at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois where he defeated fellow American Don January.
He also participated and won other golf tournaments in the United States. These would include the 1950 Pennsylvania Open Championship; the 1951 and 1952 Waterloo Open Golf Classic; and the 1959 California State Open.
In his senior years as a golfer, he won the 1987 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in the Legendary Division with Doug Ford, as well as the 1993 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in the Demaret Division.
Barber’s wife, Lucille died of cancer in 1968, and has five children with her. By September 23, 1994, Jerry died in Glendale, California at the age of 78.