Al Waltrous was born July 22, 1899 in Yonkers, NY. His first PGA Tour win came in 1922 at the Canadian Open, and he would go on to leave his mark on golf, particularly in Michigan.
In 1922, Waltrous also won his first Michigan PGA Championship, a tournament that he would win nine times.
Waltrous would also win on the PGA Tour a total of 8 times, and play on two of the greatest Ryder Cup teams in history.
The first Ryder Cup matches were held in 1927. Along with Waltrous, the team featured Johnny Farrell, Gene Sarazen, Leo Diegel, Johnny Golden, Joe Turnesa, "Wild" Bill Melhorn, and Walter Hagen as captain. The Great Britain team featured Ted Ray as captain, with George Duncan and Charles Whitcombe among the players.The match was held at Worcester CC, and the US would go on to win the matches, 9 1/2 to 2 1/2.
Waltrous also played on the victorious 1929 Ryder Cup Team, played at Moortown Golf Club. Despite the strong US team, Great Britain came out on top, 7 to 5. The Great Britain squad featured Abe Mitchell, Percy Aliss, and Henry Cotton, among others, with George Duncan as captain.
Waltrous would go on to be a teaching pro at Oakland Hills CC in Bloomfield Mich, and win 8 Senior Professional events later in his career, most of them in Michigan. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.