Born on April 8, 1908 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dugan Aycock was a pro golfer as well as an accomplished golf course designer. He was a member of the PGA America for 60 plus years and served as Carolinas Section President for over 15 years.
Golf was a part of Aycock’s life even during the war when he smuggled golf equipment to Italy and Africa in shipment of kitchen fixtures and helped rebuild golf courses there. He also helped organized golf tournaments during the war, with some of those competitions participated in by Bobby Locke and Tommy Bolt.
He was also the head professional at the Lexington Country Club, having designed the club’s courses before the war broke out. Aycock served as the head golf pro here for 38 years.
Aycock was also involved in charity work soon after the war. He came up with the idea of golfing cross country from Lexington, North Carolina to the Thomasville Golf Course which spanned a distance of 16 km in order to raise money for the March of Dimes campaign against polio. The entire activity took him 114 shots, one shot away from his prediction of 115 shots which he wrote on a piece of paper prior to starting the campaign.
Aycock was named the National PGA Golf Professional of the Year and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1969, in the Carolina PGA Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, and a year later, into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.
The Davidson County Amateur Championships is named in his honor.