Golf in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 1,466

  • 1868-09-14 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole)
  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • 1878-03-13 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • 1888-02-22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • 1888-11-14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • 1889-03-30 John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY)
  • 1894-12-22 United States Golf Association forms (NYC)
  • 1899-07-29 Southern California Golf Association forms
  • 1899-12-12 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • 1901-06-02 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • 1901-06-14 1st golf championship is played
  • 1910-11-22 Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1913-09-06 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers
  • 1923-08-09 NY State Golf Association formed
  • 1924-04-10 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • 1924-07-29 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1925-09-05 29th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1926-12-09 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1930-09-27 34th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones
  • 1931-05-10 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, NJ
  • 1941-04-09 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1943-06-05 President Laurel was shot around 4 times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at the Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1946-09-01 1st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Berg
  • 1947-06-12 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Champ
  • 1947-06-29 2nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betty Jameson
  • 1948-08-15 3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949-02-02 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1949-09-13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

1949-09-25 4th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1950-01-22 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 1950-03-19 5th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • 1950-03-24 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • 1950-04-30 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane
  • 1950-05-30 Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • 1950-06-24 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
  • 1950-08-08 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • 1950-08-13 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1950-09-23 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open
  • 1950-10-21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
  • 1951-01-05 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • 1951-01-21 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • 1951-03-18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1951-03-26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open
  • 1951-04-23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1951-04-24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1886-04-08 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1893-05-08 Francis Quimet, Mass shop asst who won golf's US Open (1913)
  • 1903-06-20 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1907-01-27 Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)
  • 1911-09-15 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1912-02-12 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • 1912-06-09 Ingolf Dahl, composer (Andante & Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1915-10-26 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor
  • 1923-04-14 Roberto DeVicenzo, Argentine golfer
  • 1925-12-29 Pete Dye, American golf course architect
  • 1947-07-29 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006)
  • 1954-11-16 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
  • 1976-04-07 Erich Goldmann, Dingolfing GER, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1978-09-08 Marco Sturm, Dingolfing GER, NHL forward (Sharks, Team Germany 1998)
  • 1987-11-12 Jason Day, Australian golfer (2015 PGA Tournament, World Number #1), born in Beaudesert, Australia

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-16 Golf champ Phil Mickelson (26) weds Amy McBride

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-07-28 Six-time golf winner Nick Faldo (44) weds third wife Valerie Bercher on a lavish ceremony in Windsor, England

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-06-28 Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918-01-24 George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1966-05-24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1970-08-06 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • 1995-04-02 Harvey Penick, premier golf instructor/author, dies at 90
  • 1995-07-15 Eddie J Bush, golf professional, dies at 83
  • 1995-10-13 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor, dies at 79
  • 2005-05-07 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2006-02-10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (b. 1947)
  • 2006-09-10 Patty Berg, American golfer (b. 1918)
  • 2007-01-02 Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golfer (b. 1937)
  • 2011-10-01 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golfer (b. 1931)
  • 2012-02-10 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97