Golf in History

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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 of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion 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: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey
  • 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: Scotsman James Braid successfully defends title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor of England; his 3rd Open victory

  • 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 defending champion 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: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
  • 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
  • 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 clear of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan
  • 1948-07-02 British Open Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 strokes 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
  • 1950-06-24 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
  • 1951-07-06 British Open Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 strokes from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1957-07-05 British Open Golf, St Andrews: South African Bobby Locke wins his 4th Open by 3 strokes from defending champion Peter Thomson of Australia
  • 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

  • 1960-03-13 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1960-06-29 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1960-07-23 15th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 1961-04-30 LPGA Titleholders Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 5th major title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg & Louise Suggs
  • 1961-06-04 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1961-07-01 US Open Women's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Mickey Wright wins her 3rd Open by 6 strokes, despite a 2nd round 8-over par 80
  • 1961-09-15 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus aged 21
  • 1962-04-30 LPGA Titleholders Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
  • 1962-06-30 17th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Murle Lindstrom
  • 1962-08-19 Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55
  • 1963-04-29 Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff
  • 1963-06-23 LPGA Western Open Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Mickey Wright defends title by 9 shots from Kathy Whitworth; 10th major

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

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)
  • 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, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 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)

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