Veteran Men's Golf Coach Travels Round-About Road Back to Whitman
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Peter McClure has been coaching the men's golf team since 1993, the year he completed a round-about journey on the road to his Whitman College degree.
Born and raised in Walla Walla, McClure graduated from its high school in 1962 and then spent two years in the Navy, serving on a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam.
After returning to the U.S., McClure attended Yakima (Wash.) Community College for two years before enrolling at Whitman in 1969. After completing two semesters as a sociology major at Whitman, he left campus to work at Union Pacific Railroad and raise a family.
In 1989 he took advantage of Union Pacific's educational assistance program to resume his pursuit of a Whitman degree. Switching his major to English and attending classes part-time, he completed his degree during the 1992-93 academic year. He retired from Union-Pacific in 2004.
McClure, who joined the Whitman golf program as an assistant coach in 1993, replaced long-time coach Jim Mastin as the men's golf coach in July 1997. Later that fall he established Whitman's first-ever women's team.
McClure plays golf regularly and has competed in the championship flight of Walla Walla's All-City golf tournament for several years, placing as high as fourth overall. In the 2007 championships, he placed 11th in a field of 98 golfers and was third in the senior division. He has three holes-in-one on his golfing resume, with all three coming in tournament play.
A two-time winner of the Club Championship at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, McClure continues to play competitive golf and has won several regional "senior exchange" tournaments.
McClure is married to Cindy Stevenson McClure, a 1980 Whitman graduate who teaches psychology at Walla Walla Community College. The couple has two children, Caden and Kally, at home. McClure also has a grown son, Mark, who lives in Seattle.