Joe Cheves first came in contact with golf as a caddie and “sometimes” player in 1928. “It’s been a love affair ever since,” he said at his induction ceremony.
After military service, he became head professional at Twin Valley Country Club in Wadesboro, NC, then moved to Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, NC There, Joe was head professional from 1951 until his retirement in 1981.
A four-time winner of the Carolinas PGA Section Seniors’ Championship, Cheves was founder and long-time President of the American Golf Association, which stages several senior tournaments around the nation each year.
One of his biggest moments as a player came in the 1978 U.S. PGA Seniors’ Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, where he nearly won. Tied at the end of the regulation 72-hole with Joe Jimenez and Manuel de la Torre, Cheves had to settle for second place when Jimenez birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Cheves twice received major honors from the Carolinas PGA Section. In 1964, he was named CPGA Professional of the Year. Joe Cheves was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Joe Cheves was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.