On this week in golf history…16-20 September

Let’s take a step back in time to some of the most memorable golfing events that happened this on week, up to 156 years ago… 

16th September 1951 – Betsy Rawls wins US Women’s Open Golf Championship  

First-year professional Betsy Rawls wins the first of her eight major championships at the 1951 US Women’s Open Golf Championship in Atlanta at the age of 23. She was five strokes ahead of runner-up and 1949 champion, Louise Suggs.  

17th September 1959 – 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus 

19-year-old Jack Nicklaus realises ‘that he may have a future in golf’ after defeating Charles Coe; one up in the 36-hole final match for the US Golf Amateur Championship. Now at 79-years-old and considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Nicklaus still claims that this was the first of his 20 career Majors, not 18 as the media famously quotes. 

18th September 1863 Willie Park, Sr. wins the Open Championship for the second time 

In very wet and windy weather conditions, Willie Park, Sr. wins the Open Championship for the second time, beating his rival Tom Morris, Sr. by 2 strokes, and defeating his attempt at a third consecutive win at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. Willie Park, Sr. took home the winning cash prize of £10, whilst Morris left with the second prize of £5. 

19th September 1931 – Tom Creavy wins the PGA Championship Men’s Golf 

87 years ago, 20-year-old American Tom Creavy won his sole major championship in the PGA Championship Men’s Golf at Wannamoisett Country Club, after defeating 27-year-old Denny Shute in the final. Creavy only had to putt once on 15 out of the 54 holes during the entire match 

20th September 1975 United States beats Great Britain and Ireland in the Ryder Cup 

The US team beats GB and Ireland at the 21st Ryder Cup Matches at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Pennsylvania by a score of 21 to 11 points. Non-playing Arnold Palmer captained the US winners, whilst Bernard Hunt captained team GB and Ireland. Questions began to arise after the competition, asking about the future of the event and Britain and Ireland had again failed to challenge the US team.  

Would you like to experience these courses and relive some of these historic moments?  

Our Golf in The West of Scotland package will take you to Prestwick Golf Club, where you can play in the steps on Willie Park, Sr. as well as many more iconic golfers. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us today to find out more.  


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