Paul Simson ’69
Amateur Golfer Dominates In The Carolinas. Paul Simson exemplifies the outstanding high school athlete who has continued to excel in athletics. At Pingry, he competed in soccer (three years, including a state championship year in 1968), winter track (three years), and golf (four years). He was ranked first on the golf team his junior and senior years at Pingry, served as captain his senior year, finished in the top five in the county tournament three years in a row, and finished second in the state tournament his senior year. In his senior year at the University of New Mexico, Paul earned All-American honors in golf. Since moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, he has become a supremely accomplished amateur golfer, winning more than 200 tournaments, including 22 Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) Championships; three British Seniors Open Amateur Championships; two Carolinas Amateur Championships; four Carolinas Mid-Amateurs Championships; five North Carolina Amateurs Championships; two North-South Amateurs; and three North-South Senior Amateurs. He qualified once for the U.S. Open. In 2010, Paul earned his first USGA title in the U.S. Senior Amateur Golf Championship and became the first player to simultaneously hold titles from American, British, and Canadian Senior Amateur Championships. He is the first to win the North Carolina, Carolinas, and Carolinas Mid-Amateurs in the same year. Paul has been honored eight times by the CGA: five “Senior Men’s Player of the Year” Awards and three “Men’s Player of the Year” Awards. He was a 2010 inductee of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.