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Scott Verplank, who will make his U.S. Senior Open debut at Oak Tree National, won the U.S. Amateur when it was held there in 1984. (USGA Archives)
By David Shefter, USGA
July 6, 2014

The list of notable USGA champions crowned in Oklahoma includes Tommy Bolt, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hubert Green, Gene Littler and Babe Didrikson Zaharias, all of whom are enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Others such as Bob Murphy, Jan Stephenson, Retief Goosen and Scott Verplank enjoyed distinguished professional careers, while two others – Pearl Sinn and Byeong-Hun An – were record-setters. And Cindy Scholefield claimed the inaugural U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, which is the site of three U.S. Open Championships.

Perhaps the most memorable USGA championship conducted in Oklahoma was the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. It wasn’t just notable for the winner (Green), but for what occurred during the final round. As he stepped off the 14th green, Green was approached by USGA officials and a lieutenant with the Tulsa police, who informed him that someone had phoned in a death threat.

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