Allen Doyle is a graduate of the Class of 1971 and a professional golfer who has won 18 professional titles. He is also the namesake of Doyle Hall, dedicated in 2010, and the host of the annual Allen Doyle Golf Classic, a tournament that benefits the Norwich hockey teams. In 1983 the Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame was established and Doyle was inducted as an inaugural member that year.
Doyle hails from Rhode Island. While a cadet at Norwich, he excelled on both the hockey and golf teams. He was at one time the university’s top scoring defensemen, and he took home the conference golf championship in 1970. After graduating, he served in the Army and was stationed in the Pacific, where he honed his skills and won several tournaments. Back in the States, he racked up 23 tournament wins on the amateur golf circuit before going pro in 1995.
Doyle played on the Nike Tour, the PGA Tour, and the Champions Tour. His wins included the 1999 Senior PGA Championship and consecutive titles at the U.S. Senior Open in 2005 and 2006. Only three other golfers have been two-time winners of the U.S. Senior Open, including Jack Nicklaus. Doyle’s 2006 win made him the oldest-ever winner of that tournament.
Today, Doyle lives in LaGrange, Georgia, where he owns a golf center and driving range. He returns to Vermont every year to bring together his love of golf and hockey by hosting the Allen Doyle Golf Classic benefiting Cadet Hockey.