Hugh Baiocchi was born on this day in 1946. A South African professional golfer who has won more than twenty professional tournaments around the world.
Baiocchi was born in Johannesburg. He turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour’s first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1973/74 and 1978/79.
As a senior (over 50) golfer Baiocchi has played mainly on the US based Champions Tour, where he has three wins. Married to wife Joan and with two children (Lauren and Justin), he lives in Palm Springs, California. His daughter, Lauren, is married to well-known retired baseball player Johnny Bench.
He also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.