Golf in History

Events in Sport

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  • 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 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
  • 1888-11-14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • 1894-12-22 United States Golf Association forms in New York
  • 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)
  • 1904-07-01 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan's Kent CC
  • 1910-11-22 Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1912-12-01 Boston Braves MLB franchise owner James Gaffney buys the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston with a plan to construct a ball park there; ground breaking for Braves Field starts on March 20, 1915
  • 1913-09-06 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers
  • 1915-09-01 Jerome Travers establishes a US Amateur Golf Championship record by downing George Crump, 14 & 13, in a 1st-round match at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
  • 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
  • 1930-07-19 Western Open Women's Golf, Acacia CC: Lucia Mida beats June Beebe 6 & 5 to win the inaugural event and first women's major championship ever played
  • 1930-09-27 34th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones
  • 1931-05-10 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, New Jersey
  • 1931-07-26 Western Open Women's Golf, Midlothian CC: June Beebe beats Mrs. Melvin Jones, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1932-07-15 Western Open Women's Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf's only major title
  • 1933-06-30 Western Open Women's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: June Beebe beats Jane Weiller, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1934-08-01 US Amateur Golf Championship format is changed to a 6-day event with no 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, and 36-hole matches for semi-finals and final
  • 1934-10-13 Western Open Women's Golf, Portland G & CC: Marian McDougall outclassed Mrs Guy Riegel, 9 & 7 to win golf's only major title
  • 1935-06-29 Western Open Women's Golf, Sunset Ridge CC: Opal Hill scores an easy, 9 & 7 win over Mrs. S.L. Reinhart to claim her first of 2 consecutive major titles
  • 1936-06-12 Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title
  • 1936-09-03 For the first and only time in the history of the Walker Cup golf event, there is a shutout; the United States routs Great Britain, 9-0 at Pine Valley GC in New Jersey
  • 1941-04-09 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1946-09-01 1st US Open Women's Golf, Spokane CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural Open and only one played in match play format; takes 36-hole final 5 & 4 over Betty Jameson
  • 1947-06-12 British Amateur Women's Golf, Gullane GC: Babe Didrikson becomes first American to win event; beat England's Jacqueline Gordon 5 & 4
  • 1947-06-29 US Open Women's Golf, Starmount Forest CC: American Betty Jameson wins her only US crown, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Polly Riley and Sally Sessions, both amateurs
  • 1948-08-15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks

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 US Open Women's Golf, Prince George's CC: Louise Suggs leads wire-to-wire to win by 14 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Babe Zaharias

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-03-19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1950-06-24 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open

  • 1950-10-01 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Zaharias ties Open scoring record, -9 291 to beat amateur Betsy Rawls by 9 strokes
  • 1951-03-18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1951-06-21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • 1951-09-16 US Open Women's Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs
  • 1952-03-16 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1952-04-26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • 1952-06-21 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • 1952-06-29 7th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs
  • 1953-03-15 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1953-06-20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1953-06-28 8th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 1954-03-14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1954-06-19 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1954-07-03 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by a record 12 strokes from Betty Hicks in her comeback event 14 months after radical colon cancer surgery
  • 1955-03-13 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1955-06-26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1955-07-02 US Open Women's Golf, Wichita GC: Uruguayan Fay Crocker beats Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk by 4 to become the tournament's first overseas winner
  • 1956-03-11 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1956-07-29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius
  • 1957-03-16 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1957-04-21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1957-04-28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1957-06-29 12th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 1958-03-16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1958-06-22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Major

1958-06-28 US Open Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Mickey Wright wins 1st of 4 Open titles by 5 from Louise Suggs; 1st player to win Open & LPGA in same year

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959-09-17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardGolf Major

1963-07-20 18th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1964-03-22 LPGA Western Open Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Carol Mann her 1st of 2 major titles by 2 shots from Ruth Jessen and Judy Kimball
  • 1964-04-26 Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke
  • 1964-07-12 US Open Women's Golf, San Diego CC: Mickey Wright wins her 4th Open in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
  • 1964-11-15 Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro at the Tall City Open, Midland, Texas
  • 1965-06-13 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1965-07-04 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Carol Mann wins by 2 shots from fellow American Kathy Cornelius
  • 1966-07-03 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
  • 1967-07-02 US Open Women's Golf, The Homestead: Catherine Lacoste wins by 2 strokes from Susie Maxwell & Beth Stone (youngest [22], 1st amateur winner)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1967-08-20 Western Open Women's Golf, Pekin CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 7 strokes from Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1968-01-28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • 1968-03-08 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • 1968-06-15 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
  • 1968-06-16 Lee Trevino is 1st to play all 4 rounds of golf's US open under par
  • 1968-07-07 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes
  • 1968-08-31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher

Sport awardGolf Major

1969-06-29 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestJim Barnes

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
  • 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, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1925-12-29 Pete Dye, American golf course designer, born in Urbana, Ohio
  • 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)

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 interestJim Barnes

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)
  • 2012-02-10 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97