Loyal H. “Bud” Chapman, a native of Minnesota, was born in 1923. He played his first round of golf as a caddie at the age of 12 at Interlachen Country Club, the site where Bobby Jones finalized his grand slam. As a boy he caddied for legendary golfer Patty Berg. Also, at about the same age, he began what has become a very long and creative life as an artist.
During World War II he flew B-29’s. He created a comic strip called “Willie Washout” while in the war. After his discharge from the service he attended Walker Art School in Minneapolis, and later opened his own art studio, starting his career as a commercial artist.
In 1972 he started and completed his first fantasy golf painting “Victoria Falls Golf Club”. Seventeen more holes followed over the next 10 years that were to be the 18 Infamous Golf Holes. To climax and complete the series he created the 19th Infamous Hole, a painting of an amazing Golf Course remembering all 18 holes. They first appeared in Golf Digest Magazine and were featured in Reader’s Digest Magazine, Playboy and many other international magazines and newspapers. The fantasy golf hole paintings have appeared and been featured on numerous television talk shows. The Victoria Falls print can be seen hanging on the wall in the movie Caddie Shack and the prints of this and the other golf holes have been distributed throughout the world.
As a golfer, Bud Chapman has won several state tournaments, is perennial club champion, and has participated in many U.S.G.A. national amateur opens. He was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame in 1994. Throughout his life, Chapman has been a consistent scratch golfer and a prominent national senior player. At the age of 93 he still carries a 4.8 handicap and has kept a log showing he has shot his age or better over 3,100 times!!!
Artist Loyal H. Chapman’s lust for life is reflected in his paintings, which so deftly combine his love for golf with the love of our earth’s infinite beauty. He holds a current pilot license and is always seeking out adventure as he continues his career as one of America’s premier golf artists.