Bob Castor is Ashland’s Mr. Golf. From his early years to the present day his love of and propensity for the game of golf has been outstanding. Let’s consider some of his accomplishments: four varsity letters in high school, a stroke average of 74.1 his senior year of 1937, a high school record score of 68 at Mansfield’s Possum Run, and medalist in the district tournament. He followed this as medalist runner-up in the state finals in Columbus.
His junior tournament record in 1936 was Northwestern Ohio Scholastic Champion, Akron District Champion and Medalist, and Ohio Jaycees Champion.
Bob was Ohio State Amateur quarter finalist in ’37 and ’56, and medalist in ’39, runner up to Herman Keiser, a future Masters champion in ’41, and medalist at the Shelby Country Club numerous times. An almost unbelievable accomplishment is his fifteen Country Club of Ashland championships over six decades, 1937 to 1981. He was eleven under par in his final match in ’37.
Competing in the Ohio State Golf Association, Castor was Pre-Seniors Champion in ’68, and Seniors Champion in ’80 and ’81. He was Ohio Seniors Champion in ’85 and ’86. He added Northern Ohio Golf Association Seniors in ’82 and ’87.
In his early years he set course records at area clubs such as the Country Club of Ashland and Glenwood with nine hole scores of 30, and 18 holes at 65. Round Lake saw scores of 32 and 67, while Granville Golf Club succumbed to a 68.
Golf wasn’t Bob’s only forte in the athletic field. A fine basketball player, Castor was a member of Ashland High’s state runner up team in 1937, one of the best in school history.
An accomplished bowler when younger, Bob rolled two 300 games, and an 875 series, adding games of 297 and 278 to a 300 game.
Retired as vice president of Eagle Rubber Company, his family consists of wife Miriam, and sons Tom, an Ashland Dentist, Terry, a general practitioner in Columbus, and Dave, a C.P.A. in Gahanna. All are golfers. There are 8 grandchildren.
Nominator: Thomas R. Castor