St. Louis Golf Chronology
1892 St. Louis CC established, although Polo was the main attraction at the time. The clubhouse was located in Bridgeton on the Collier Farm just north of the Airport today, near the present site of Brown Campus.
1899 Log Cabin CC opens on Clayton Rd. by disgruntled members of The Kinloch Club. Stuart Stickney becomes the first St. Louisan to compete in the US Amateur.Golf is being played by the Algonquins in Webster Park.
1900 Albert Bond Lambert wins the Paris handicap golf matches played in conjunction with the Olympics.
1901 Triple A is area's first 18 hole course as it opens in June. Glen Echo opens 9 holes of its course on May 25 and the full 18 holes will be open in July. Normandie opens 9 holes on October 6. Glen Echo CC and Normandie are both designed by Robert and James Foulis.Triple A & Algonquin GC consider a merger since neither club has acquired land for a course as the Triple A land is needed for the 1904 Worlds Fair and homes have ousted the golfers from the Algonquin course in Webster Park.
1902 Normandie opens its full 18 holes in April. Queen Rumsey wins the first Ladies City Championship.
1903 Algonquin reorganizes when 54 acres are purchased by Arthur Deacon on the land known as the Jackson Farm on Berry Road in Webster Groves.
1904 Golf played in the Olympics in St. Louis at Glen Echo CC . These will be the last time Golf is contested at the Olympics. Canadian George Lyon defeats H. Chandler Egan of Chicago for the Golf Medal. Burt McKinnie of Algonquin finishes tied for third. Algonquin CC opens its new 9 hole course in June
1905 First Missouri Amateur held at Normandie CC. Visiting from Massachusetts Harry Allen wins 2-up. He stays and becomes one of the founders of Bellerive CC Ned Sawyer defeats Warren Wood in an all-Chicago final at Glen Echo for the Western Amateur Crown.
1906 Grace Semple becomes the first area woman to compete in the US Women's Amateur. She will compete 9 more times through 1915, being a semi-finalist in 1912.
1907 Albert Lambert wins the Missouri Amateur title. He will go on to form an investment group which invests in a relatively unknown pilot in his attempt to fly from New York to Paris. When Charles Lindbergh achieves this feat, Lambert and his group are thrilled. St. Louis Lambert Airport is named in his honor.
1908 Westborough CC Opens in SW County (though at the time it is known as Westwood CC). The Western Open is played at Normandie CC with Willie Anderson coming away as the winner, shooting 299 for 72 holes. Fred McLeod wins the US Open.
1909 Log Cabin opens a 9 hole course. Willie Anderson is the head professional at St. Louis CC. Christian Kenny of Algonquin CC wins his second consecutive Missouri Amateur Championship.
1910 Bogey Club and Sunset Hill are founded, though Sunset will not open its course until 1917. The Field Club moves to a site on the Lucas estate in Normandy. It is renamed Bellerive and the designer is Robert Foulis with brothers Jim and Dave. Former US Open Champion Fred McLeod becomes the head pro at St. Louis CC.
1912 Rock Springs (Alton, IL) becomes area's first public course. Forest Park GC opens as first municipal course west of the Mississippi. It will be completed in three stages. James Foulis becomes the head pro at St. Louis CC. Bob Cochran is born.
1913 St. Louis CC founds present 18 hole course designed by C.B. Macdonald at the present site in Ladue. Stuart Stickney wins the Trans-Miss title.
1914 Algonquin GC add 9 holes and now as 18 holes. Course opens for play in June of 1914.
1917 Sunset Hill CC formally opens its course in SW St. Louis County. Jim Barnes becomes the head pro. Normandie acquires new land and moves 5 holes across Normandie Drive to the present site. Jim Manion wins his first of 4 Missouri State Amateur Titles. His last will come in 1926.
1919 Jim Barnes, head professional at Sunset Hill CC, wins his 2nd consecutive PGA title, defeating Fred McLeod. Jimmy Manion is the co-medalist at the US Amateur played over the Oakmont CC (PA) course. Sunset Hill hosts the Western Amateur, won by Harry Legg of the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis.
1920 The first Ladies District Championship is held with Mrs. E. Lansing Ray coming away the winner.
1921 US Amateur held at St. Louis CC is the first USGA National Championship held west of Mississippi. It is won by Jesse Guilford over Robert A. Gardner. G.H. (Bert) Walker donates the Walker Cup to foster Amateur Competition between US and Great Britain. Jim Barnes wins the US Open while the pro at Sunset Hill CC.
1922 St. Louisan Eddie Held wins first US Publinks Championship in Toledo. Bill Mehlhorn is the head professional at North Hills CC, later renamed Norwood Hills. Marguerite Gaut defeats Blanche Sohl in the finals of the Women's Western Amateur at Glen Echo.
1924 Jim Manion wins the Trans-Miss crown.
1925 First US Women's Amateur held west of the Mississippi at St. Louis CC won by Glenna Collett over Alexa Stirling 9 & 8. Collett will win 4 more USGA titles for a total of six, the most of any player.
1926 Jim Manion wins his 4th Missouri Amateur Championship. Eddie Held wins his 2nd Trans-Miss Title. Former St. Louisan, Jess Sweetser, wins the British Amateur.
1929 Forest Park hosts US Publinks Championship with Carl Kauffmann coming away the winner. It is the first Publinks held west of the Mississippi. Eddie Held wins the Canadian Amateur. Clarence Wolff wins his 4th District title. Dutch Harrison wins the Arkansas Amateur.
1930 Virginia Pepp turns professional, the first woman pro in the state. She has won 5 District titles. Paramount Golf Club, one of the oldest black golf clubs west of the Mississippi, opens and organizes its first championship. The St. Louis Open is held at Sunset Hill CC. Tommy Armour wins the event over Walter Hagen.
1932 Audrey Faust Wallace wins her 5th Women's District title. Ralph Guldahl is head professional at St. Louis CC. Chester O'Brien wins the Missouri Amateur title, defeating Sid Solomon.
1933 Chester O'Brien repeats as Missouri Amateur champion with win over Bob Cochran. In the 67 years since, only Tom Watson takes back-to-back titles.
1934 Bennie Richter, head pro at Triple A and later Bellerive, wins the National Left-handed title. He will repeat again in 1935.
1935 Bob Cochran wins the City Amateur crown.
1938 Ralph Guldahl wins the Western Open played at Westwood CC. Sunset Hill CC, which had closed for a portion of 1937 as a result of the Depression, reopens as Sunset CC.
1939 Jim Jackson wins the Missouri High School Individual championship. Dutch Harrison wins the Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. Vince D'Antoni wins the individual title at the NCAA championships while playing for Tulane. Ralph Guldahl wins the Masters. The first St. Clair Open is held and amateur Eddie Held defeats Howard Popham for the title.
1940 Bob Cochran wins his first Missouri Amateur. Betty Jameson defeats Patty Berg in the Trans-Miss Championship at Glen Echo.
1941 Jim Black defeats Howard Zachritz 3&1 in the finals for the Missouri Amateur. Black dies shortly thereafter, and the trophy now bears his name. The Champion of Champions tournament is inaugurated at Triple A. Jim Fogertey wins the initial St. Louis Metro Open title. Frank Stranahan with the Trans-Miss title over John Barnum at Sunset CC.
1942 St. Louis Open played at Algonquin. Bob Cochran comes away the winner.
1943 Bob Cochran captures the Decatur Open, a PGA Tour event, shooting a 198 over three rounds.
1945 The Tam O'Shanter World Amateur title is won by Bob Cochran. He will also claim the Chicago Victory Amateur title the same year.
1946 The Western Open is played at Sunset CC with Ben Hogan taking the top spot. Betty Jane Haemerle loses in the semi-finals of the Western Open to Babe Zaharias. Centralia's Lyman 'Smiley' Quick wins the US Publinks crown.
1947 US Open held at St. Louis CC is won by Lew Worsham over Sam Snead. KSD-TV telecasts the US Open to a local audience, marking the first TV broadcast of golf. This also marked the first time gallery ropes are used in a USGA Championship.
1948 The PGA Championship is held at Norwood Hills won by Ben Hogan over Mike Turnesa 7&6 in Match Play. Winners share of purse is $3,500. Jim Holtgrieve is born.
1949 Betty Jane Haemerle-Broz wins her 3rd Missouri Amateur and 5th District title. Jim Jackson wins his 2nd consecutive St. Louis Open title. Dutch Harrison wins the Canadian Open title.
1950 Bob Cochran wins his 2nd consecutive Metropolitan Open title.
1951 Jim Jackson wins his first Missouri Amateur title. Cary Middlecoff wins his 2nd consecutive St. Louis Open at Algonquin. Dutch Harrison is selected to his third Ryder Cup team.
1952 Lloyd Mangrum wins the Western Open at Westwood CC. Jim Tom Blair wins his first Missouri Amateur. Jim Jackson is the low amateur in the US Open. Don Bliss is born.
1953 Bellerive CC hosts Western Open and Dutch Harrison wins with a 278 total. Dave Douglas is selected to the Ryder Cup team and he wins the Canadian Open. Jim Jackson is selected to the Walker Cup team.
1954 Ed Furgol, head pro at Westwood CC, wins the US Open. Marilyn Herpel-Conroy wins her third Missouri Amateur and her 2nd District title. Gene Andrews, from Kirkwood, wins the US Publinks Title. The LPGA holds the first of 2 events in St. Louis as Betsy Rawls takes the top honors.
1955 Old Warson CC, designed by Robert Trent Jones opens in Ladue. Dutch Harrison is the head pro. Jim Jackson wins his 2nd consecutive Trans-Miss, the first player to accomplish this. Jim Tom Blair wins his 2nd Missouri Amateur title. Jim Jackson plays on his 2nd Walker Cup over the Old Course at St. Andrews. Bob Goalby wins the District title.
1956 Jim Tom Blair finishes 3rd at the Phoenix Open, shooting 70 in the final round, losing to Cary Middlecoff. Sunset CC hosts the Carling Open, with Dow Finsterwald taking the title.
1957 Jim Jackson competes in his 5th consecutive Masters Championship. Old warson hosts the Western Amateur, won by Dr. Ed Updegraff.
1958 Bob Cochran wins his 2nd Missouri Amateur.
1959 Jim Jackson wins his 3rd State Amateur. Ellen Conant wins her third consecutive District title. Judy Torluemke wins the Missouri Amateur at age 14.
1960 Bellerive CC opens it's new course on Ladue Road. US Amateur held at St. Louis CC won by Deane Beman over Robert W. Gardner. Bob Cochran finishes 2nd at British Amateur at Royal Portrush. Pete Dye designs Yorktown GC in Belleville with Bob Goalby. Judy Torluemke at age 15 becomes the youngest player to win the medal for low amateur in US Women's Open.
1961 Bob Cochran and Gene Andrews team at the Walker Cup at the Seattle CC to defeat Michael Bonallack and Ronald Shade in their foursome match. Bob Goalby holes 8 consecutive birdies at the St. Petersburg Open to set the PGA record.
1962 Judy Torluemke turns professional at age 17. Steve Spray wins the NAIA individual title while playing for Eastern New Mexico. Bob Goalby finishes 2nd in the PGA championship behind Gary Player. The Trans-Miss Men's championship is held at Old Warson CC.
1963 Jim Colbert defeats Jim Jackson 2&1 for the State Amateur crown. Steve Spray repeats his individual win at the NAIA collegiate championships. Bob Goalby wins 2 matches at the Ryder Cup played at the East Lake CC in Atlanta, Bobby Jones' home club.
1965 Bob Cochran wins his 4th State Amateur title at Meadowbrook CC at age 52. US Open held at Bellerive CC is won by Gary Player over Kel Nagle. There are several first that come out of this tournament: First color TV broadcast of a major championship. First time all season tickets sold out in advance of championship. First time USGA event concludes on a Sunday. Barb Berkmeyer wins her first Missouri Amateur. Forest Hills CC opens with Dutch Harrison as the first pro. Paula Egerwins the National PeeWee Championship.
1966 Marcella Rose wins the Marion Miley bracelet, representative of the low amateur in both the Western Amateur and Western Open. Hale Irwin wins his fourth consecutive Colorado Amateur title.
1967 Doris Phillips wins her third Illinois Amateur title in five years. Hale Irwin wins the individual title at the NCAA championships while playing for the Colorado Buffs. Bob Cochran wins the North & South Senior title at Pinehurst, shooting a 29 on the front 9 at Pinehurst #2, including an ace on the 9th.
1968 Belleville's Bob Goalby wins The Masters Championship over Roberto DeVicenzo.
1969 Don Dupske finishes 2nd to Scott Bess in the Missouri Amateur. Steve Spray wins the PGA San Francisco Open. Bob Rosburg is head professional at Westwood CC. He finishes second at the U.S. Open by a single stroke.
1970 Jim Jackson loses to Tom Watson as the Kansas City native wins his third Missouri Amateur in four years. Paula Eger wins her 5th consecutive St. Louis Women's District Junior Girls title. Gene Andrews wins the US Senior title. Doris Phillips wins her fourth District title. Bob Cochran wins the North & South Senior title at Pinehurst for the 2nd time. Gene Andrews, from Kirkwood, wins the US Senior Amateur Title.
1971 Ryder Cup matches are held at Old Warson CC. US won 181/2 to 131/2 over Great Britain. Former St. Louisan Tom Draper wins the US Senior title. Larry Ziegler wins a PGA event.
1972 Norwood hosts Children's Hospital Greater St. Louis Golf Classic, a PGA Tour Event, won by Lee Trevino. The US Womens Amateur is held at St. Louis CC. Mary Budke defeats Cynthia Hill 5 & 4 for the win.
1973 Gene Littler caps his comeback from cancer by winning the 2nd, and final, St. Louis Golf Classic.
1974 Beau Jackson, Jim's son, finishes 2nd in the Missouri Amateur. Hale Irwin wins his first US Open.
1975 Jay Haas wins the NCAA individual title and is awarded the Fred Haskins award as player of the year. He is also selected to the Walker Cup Team. Hale Irwin plays in the Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley CC.
1976 Jim Jackson wins his 4th Missouri State Amateur at age 53. He also competes in his 18th, and last, US Amateur Championship. Judy Torluemke Rankin is the LPGA's leading money winner as she records seven victories.
1977 Jim Holtgrieve wins his first District Championship. Judy Rankin records 11 wins over a two year period and wins Player of the Year for the 2nd consecutive season. She also wins her third Vare trophy for lowest scoring average. Hale Irwin competes at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's in the Ryder Cup.
1978 Jim Holtgrieve wins his first Missouri State Amateur Championship. Bob Cochran wins his third Missouri Senior Title. The first Michelob Match Play championship is contested as Paul Trittler defeats John Hayes for the title. The championship will host its last event in 1986. Jay Haas wins the last St. Clair Invitational crown, defeating Sam Snead for the title. Jim Holtgrieve is the low amateur.
1979 Payne Stewart defeats Jim Holtgrieve for the State Amateur. Jim is selected to his first Walker Cup Team. Hale Irwin wins his 2nd US Open and later teams with Tom Kite for two wins at the Ryder Cup matches at the Greenbrier in WV.
1980 The inaugural Lou Fusz St. Louis Open is hosted as Bobby Stroble takes top honors. Bob Mason is the Low amateur.
1981 Jim Holtgrieve wins the inaugural US Mid-Amateur at Bellerive, the Missouri Amateur and is selected to his 2nd Walker Cup. Hale Irwin is selected to the Ryder Cup team.
1982 20-year old Florida State player from Centralia, IL Nancy Scranton, wins her 2nd consecutive St. Louis Women's Metro Golf Tournament.
1983 Mark Boyajian shoots a 29 in the US Mid-Amateur, the lowest score ever recorded in a USGA Championship. Jim Jackson dies from a brain tumor at age 61. Jim Holtgrieve finishes 2nd in the British Amateur and is on his 3rd Walker Cup squad. Judy Rankin retires from competitive golf due to back problems. Jay Haas is chosen for the Ryder Cup Team.
1984 Barbara Beuckman wins her 5th District title.
1985 Jeannine Dobbin Lewis wins her 4th District title, following wins in 1950, 1951 and 1953. Jerry Haas wins his third consecutive District title and is selected for the Walker Cup Team.
1986 Don Bliss wins his 3rd State Amateur Championship and is Medalist for a record 5 time.
1987 Don Bliss records two holes-in-one in the US Mid-Amateur at Brookdale (TX) CC. David Lucks wins the Missouri Amateur.
1988 PGA Junior Championship held at Bellerive CC won by Reynold Lee (boys) and Brandie Burton (girls). Spencer T. Olin opens in Alton and Quail Creek in St. Louis County. They mark the beginning of a rebirth of quality public facilities in the area. Terry Houser wins his 7th Publinx Professional title. Don Bliss wins his 4th Missouri Amateur title.
1989 Hogan tour player John Daly wins the Missouri Open.
1990 Hale Irwin becomes only the 5th player to win 3 or more US Open with his victory at Medinah over Mike Donald in the first ever sudden death playoff.
1991 Don Bliss wins first St. Louis Metropolitan Amateur Championship. Bob Goalby opens The Orchards in Belleville. Hale Irwin competes on his 5th Ryder Cup team at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.
1992 Nick Price wins 74 PGA at Bellerive CC This is the first major championship held on Zoysia grass. Tom Wargo wins PGA Senior Championship defeating Raymond Floyd. Boone Valley CC and St. Albans (Lewis & Clark course) open. Boone Valley is designed by P.B. Dye, while St. Albans course is a Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish collaboration. Scott Thomas wins the Missouri Amateur at the CC at the Legends.
1993 Fox Run GC Opens in Eureka as does Annbriar GC in Waterloo. Gary Kern is the architect for Fox Run while Michael Hurdzan shapes Annbriar. Tom Wargo wins the PGA Seniors' Championship. Steve Irwin [Hales son] wins the Normandie Ping Amateur title. Mary Gail Dalton claims her 5th consecutive District Senior title.
1994 Tapawingo GC, designed by Gary Player, opens in Southwest St. Louis County. The Missouri Bluffs opens in St. Charles. It is the area's first Tom Fazio design. Nike Tournament held at Lake Forest CC in Lake St. Louis. Ellen Port is ranked #6 nationally among women amateurs. She becomes the first area lady selected to the Curtis Cup squad. Liselotte Neumann shoots a 278 to win the inaugural Heartland Classic over Elaine Crosby and Pearl Sinn. First Missouri Cup matches are held.
1995 Ellen Port wins the US Women's Mid-Amateur, to become only the fifth USGA Amateur title-holder from the area. Annika Sorenstam wins the LPGA GHP Heartland Classic, and her third tournament of the year, at Forest Hills CC by 10 shots over Jan Stephenson. Hawk Ridge GC opens in Lake St. Louis. The Falls opens in O'Fallon, MO. Scott Thomas wins the inaugural Missouri Mid-Amateur. Mary Gail Dalton wins her 6th Missouri Senior Women's title. Bob Beckmann wins his 2nd consecutive Men's District title. He also won the Missouri Amateur in 1993. St. Albans opens its second course, Tavern Creek, a Michael Hurdzan design.
1996 Ellen Port wins her second consecutive US Women's Mid-Amateur. She also is selected to her 2nd Curtis Cup team. Spencer T. Olin hosts US Women's Publinks. Boone Valley hosted the Senior PGA Boone Valley Classic, won by Gibby Gilbert. Hale Irwin wins the PGA Seniors' Championship. Vicki Fergon wins the Michelob Lite LPGA Classic at Forest Hills. Jack Nicklaus' Stonewolf G&CC opens in Fairview Heights. Barb Berkmeyer wins her 7th Ladies District title and the Ladies Metro Championship. Judy Rankin captains the winning Solheim Cup team over Europe. Persimmon Ridge is announced as a new facility off Hwy 94 in St. Charles and Gateway National Golf Course is to be built off I-70 in East St. Louis. Both are to be designed by Keith Foster and will open during 1997-98.
1997 Champions Trail GC in Fairview Heights is scheduled to open. It represents the work of Bob Goalby and his son Kye. Just prior to the official opening, the name of the course is changed to Far Oaks GC. The Nike Gateway Classic moves to the Missouri Bluffs from Lake Forest CC. Pevely Farms GC designed by Arthur Hills, is under construction near Eureka. John Hayes captures the Publinx Open at Forest Park. Jim Holtgrieve wins the Taylor Cup 3-up over Scott Thomas with two dramatic recovery shots over the Boone Valley layout. Annika Sorenstam wins her 2nd St. Louis Championship with her win at the Michelob Light Classic at Forest Hills, despite the rain-soaked conditions. Denny Walters announces the construction of the Links at Dardenne, a daily fee course in St. Charles County, to open in 1998. This marks the 5th area course managed by his company. Hale Irwin wins the Boone Valley Classic in Augusta. David Estes captures the Metro Amateur Crown. Barb Berkmeyer wins her second Metro Women's title and her 8th District Ladies championship. She also captures the Missouri Amateur. Ellen Port fails to win her third consecutive US Mid-Amateur Crown, but remains the area's top lady amateur on the national level. Brian Fogt wins the Kansas Open, The PGA Section Championship and the Gateway Masters. Trevor Dodds has a memorable year. He wins the Nike Miami Valley Classic with a record performance. Later he is diagnosed with cancer and following treatment, returns to the Nike Tour and continues his outstanding performance. At the Nike Tour Event at the Missouri Bluffs, the stars-to-be shine as they pummel the Fazio layout. With scores as low as a 60 they shoot lights-out under the sweltering heat. Todd Gleaton captures the event with some outstanding shotmaking.Jack Powers wins the MAGA Seniors and is named Senior player of the year.
1998 Many new courses open this year; Gateway National, Links at Dardenne, Persimmon Woods, Pevely Farm, Bear Creek and Stonebridge. Larry Nelson captures the Boone Valley Classic. Annika Sorenstam wins the LPGA Michelob Light Classic. Keith Foster is the course architect for Persimmon Woods and Gateway National. David Estes Captures his second consecutive Metropolitan Amateur over the tough Old Warson links.
1999 Spencer T. Olin hosts the USGA Men's Amateur Publinks as Hunter Haas captures the title, while Old Warson is the site for the US Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, won by Danny Green. The Nike tournament leaves town and the LPGA once again sees Annika Sorrenstam capture the title at Forest Hills CC. Hale Irwin pleases the crowd as he wins his 2nd consecutive Boone Valley Classic. Jay Delsing comes from out of nowhere to conclude a teriffic season as he vaults into the top 100 on the PGA Tour. Nancy Scranton regains her old form as she is among the top 40 on the LPGA Tour. Brian Fogt and Bob Gaus compete on the Nike Tour, the last year before it becomes the Buy.com Tour. October 25 markes a sad day in golf history as Springfield native Payne Stewart dies in a plane crash. Tragically, Bruce Borland, one of Jack Nicklaus' top designers, is also on the plane. Winghaven, in O'Fallon MO, is his last work as he completed it only weeks before. Jim Holtgrieve turns professional and joins the Senior Tour, finishing in the top 60.