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 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • 1888-02-22 “Father of American Golf” John Reid 1st demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
  • 1888-11-14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • 1892-09-23 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Harold Hilton wins by 3 shots from amateur John Ball, Sandy Herd & Hugh Kirkaldy
  • 1893-09-01 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotland's William Auchterlonie wins by 2 shots from amateur Johnny Laidley
  • 1894-12-22 United States Golf Association forms in New York
  • 1896-06-13 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon wins 1st of 6 Open titles, in a playoff with J.H. Taylor
  • 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)
  • 1901-06-06 British Open Golf, Muirfield: James Braid wins 1st of 5 Open titles, by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon
  • 1901-06-14 1st golf championship is played
  • 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
  • 1906-06-15 British Open Golf, Muirfield: James Braid successfully defends Open title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor
  • 1910-11-22 Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1912-06-25 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Ted Ray wins wire-to-wire by 4 shots from Harry Vardon
  • 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
  • 1920-07-01 British Open Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: George Duncan erases a 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title
  • 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, New Jersey
  • 1934-06-29 British Open Golf, Royal St. George's GC: Henry Cotton wins wire-to-wire by 5 shots from South African Sid Brews
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1943-06-05 Philippine President José P. Laurel survives assassination attempt after being shot 4 times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong
  • 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 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Championship
  • 1947-06-29 2nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betty Jameson
  • 1947-07-04 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke ahead of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan
  • 1948-07-02 British Open Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 from Irishman Fred Daly for his third Open victory
  • 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 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

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
  • 1950-03-24 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • 1950-04-30 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane
  • 1950-06-24 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
  • 1950-08-13 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1950-10-21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
  • 1951-03-18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

  • 1951-06-21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • 1951-07-06 British Open Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina
  • 1951-08-12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1951-09-16 6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 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
  • 1952-08-17 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 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
  • 1955-08-23 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
  • 1955-09-09 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • 1955-09-18 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Mile High Golf Open
  • 1955-09-25 Patty Berg wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • 1955-10-09 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
  • 1956-01-15 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • 1956-02-05 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • 1956-02-12 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
  • 1956-02-19 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • 1956-03-11 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1956-04-15 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1956-04-22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • 1956-06-03 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Pittsburgh Golf Open
  • 1956-07-01 American golfer Beverly Hanson wins Western Golf Open by 4 strokes, the second of 3 LPGA major titles
  • 1956-07-08 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • 1956-07-15 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • 1956-07-29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius
  • 1956-08-12 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1956-08-19 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • 1956-08-26 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • 1956-09-16 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • 1956-10-07 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • 1956-10-14 Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • 1956-10-21 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • 1957-02-03 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • 1957-02-10 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • 1957-02-17 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • 1957-03-16 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1957-04-14 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • 1957-04-21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1957-04-28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open

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
  • 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 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)
  • 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