Nov. 1, 1935: Three-time USGA champion Gary Player was born. The Black Knight won the 1965 U.S. Open in a playoff over Kel Nagle to complete the career grand slam. He won back-to-back U.S. Senior Opens in 1987 and 1988.
USGA INSIDER HISTORY
November: This Month in Golf History
November 3, 2016 | FAR HILLS, N.J.
By Colin Brown, USGA
Nov. 2, 1865: President Warren G. Harding was born. The 29th President of the United States and avid golfer once said, “I may not know everything about being president, but I know that a lot of decisions can be made on golf courses.”
Nov. 2, 1974: The USA won its fourth consecutive World Amateur Team Championship. The team consisting of George F. Burns III, Gary Koch, Jerry Pate and Curtis Strange has combined for five USGA championships (including three U.S. Opens) and two Walker Cup titles.
Nov. 3, 1995: Judy Bell was nominated to serve as the first female president of the USGA. Bell was the first woman nominated to the USGA Executive committee (1987) and received the 2016 Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor.
Nov. 15, 2004: Charles Sifford became the first African American to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Sifford broke barriers as the first golfer of color to win an open event, shooting a final-round 64 to win the 1957 Long Beach Open. In 1961, he became the first African American to join the PGA Tour.
Nov. 18, 1923: Alan Shepard, the first American to go to outer space, was born. In 1971, as the commander of Apollo 14, Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon. The club is on display at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J.
Nov. 20, 1997: Golf icon Nancy Lopez is selected as the recipient of the 1998 Bob Jones Award. A two-time U.S. Girls’ Junior champion and four-time U.S. Women’s Open runner-up, Lopez became the ninth woman to receive the award.
Nov. 29, 1920: The USGA Executive Committee adopted an amendment to the Stymie Rule: “When either ball lies on the putting green, the player may lift his opponent’s ball. The opponent will then be deemed to have holed in his next stroke.”
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