David A. King
About David A. King
Dave King’s 70-year love affair with golf has been driven by the competition and the people he has met along the way. King was good at whatever sport he played while growing up in the Philadelphia area. His high school didn’t have a golf team, but King gained some exposure when he finished runner-up in the Philadelphia Junior Golf Championship as a 16-year-old. He was 19 when he qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in 1960. He played No. 1 for all four years for the University of Wyoming’s golf team.
King figures he’s won more than 100 titles in his career, but the social aspect of the game was just as important to him. The list of friends he’s made in golf include nationally known names like Jay Siegel, Ralph Bogart, Billy Joe Patton, Harvie Ward, Dale Morey, Bill Campbell, Lew Oehmig, Ed Tutwiler, Harry Welch, Bill Hyndman, Ben Crenshaw, and Dave Pelz.
“In amateur golf, I literally have played with all the famous guys,” King said.
King’s philanthropy—most notably the endowment of two scholarships—has become the hallmark of his career. As part of the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation, King endowed the David A. King Award. He has also endowed the Heritage Foundation’s Traineeship for college students; provided four $5,000 scholarships to Loudoun County college-bound high school seniors, and provided seven scholarships for the Washington Metro First Tee Program.
USGA championships that King has qualified for, including eight U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Mid-Amateurs; three U.S. Senior Amateurs; and two U.S. Senior Opens
Number of titles won in Maryland State Golf Association, Metropolitan Washington Golf Association, and VSGA championships
Number of students who have earned the David A. King Award
Times King has been named among the nation’s Top 10 senior players by Golf Digest