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Huntsville - Madison County Athletic HOF Member

NAME:Spike McRoy
BORN:  N/A
INDUCTED:  2009
SPORT:  Golf
  
Spike McRoy, born in Huntsville, recalls hitting his first golf shot at age 8. Over the years Spike thanks many people for his development in golf; including, but not limited to, his Mom and Dad, his sisters Mona and Monte, Barry Holt, Mike Parrish, Sara Woodham, Anita Jones, Ronnie Stapler, Dennis Zinkon, Ian Leggatt and Adam Lincoln. In his Junior year at Grissom High School, McRoy’s team won the State Golf Championship, and in his Senior year, Spike won the Individual State Championship. After graduation, Spike signed a golf scholarship with Conrad Rehling at the University of Alabama, where he lettered four years. After playing two years for Coach Rehling who stressed a simple golf swing, Spike played for Coach Dick Spybey who stressed physical conditioning. “We were in the gym/weight room at 5:30 AM; we thought we hated him, but we really loved him.” Spike won the 1990 Rajun Cajun Classic Championship in Lafayette, Louisiana, in his last year at Alabama. After graduation in the Spring of 1991, Spike remained an amateur to play in his fourth United States Amateur Championship. He made it to the Sweet 16 Round before losing 4 and 3. Spike went to qualifying school in 1991, won his PGA card, and has been playing on the PGA Tour, the Hooters Tour, BUY.COM Tour or the Nationwide Tour until today. He won the Alabama Open in 1992 at Wynlakes Golf Club in Montgomery, Alabama, and tournaments on the Hooters Tour at Seneca Park in Louisville, Kentucky in 1995, and at Ridgewood Lakes in Orlando, Florida, in 1996. In 2000, he won the Dakota Dunes Championship in Sioux City, South Dakota, on the BUY.COM Tour followed by a win in his home state at the Tour Championship on the BUY.COM Tour in Dothan, Alabama. He was the 2000 BUY.COM Tour Player of the Year. He has played in five United States Open Championships, making the cut in three. His first cut came in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2 where Payne Stewart won; Spike won the B.C. Open Championship in 2002, on the PGA Tour at Endicott, New York. McRoy traveled to Troon, Scotland, and played in the 2004 British Open Championship. Spike and his wife, Rica, and their three children make their home in Huntsville, and Spike continues to play a limited schedule on the Nationwide and PGA Tours.