Clyde Mangum played a lot of golf during his years in Pinehurst. And, while he won a couple of titles, he wasn’t really a championship caliber player. As an administrator, however, he was one of the best. He started his golf career when P.J. Boatwright Jr. gave up his post as executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association. Asked by Richard Tufts why he wanted the job, Mangum replied, “I simply have a real love for the game of golf.”
Mangum worked for the CGA from 1959 to 1965 and served as general manager of Pinehurst Country Club golf properties from 1956 until 1971. That year, he joined the PGA Tour staff as Deputy Commissioner of Operations and held that position until he retired in 1985. In his post with the PGA Tour, Mangum was responsible for all tournament operations, the employment of the tournament staff and supervised the headquarters’ tournament administration department.
He served on the USGA Rules Committee for ten years and as a rules committeeman during the Masters for several years. As a competitor, he won the 1970 Carolinas Father-Son with Clyde III and took the 1962 Dunes International Four-Ball title.
Clyde Mangum was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1987.