Golf in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 1,390

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1913-09-06 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers
  • 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
  • 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 Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Berg
  • 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
  • 1950-01-22 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

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

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