Hale America National Open Golf Tournament

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The Hale American National Open Golf Tournament was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour that played for a single year, 1942.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II, the United States Golf Association's Executive Committee decided that it would be improper to play the 1942 U.S. Open.[1] Additionally, the original site chosen for the event, Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota, opted not to serve as the host course.[2] The USGA together with the PGA of America and the Chicago District Golf Association sponsored the Hale America Open in response to calls for a series of local tournaments to be played.[1] It was intended to be a war-time substitute for the U.S. Open.[3]

The event was held at Chicago's Ridgemoor Country Club from June 18–21, 1942. The proceeds raised by the event benefitted the Navy Relief Society and the USO.[1][3]

The tournament was won by Ben Hogan with a total score of 17-under-par 271, three strokes better than runner-up Jimmy Demaret.[1] Hogan received a gold medal and $1,200 in War Bonds for his win.[3]

Controversy[edit]

Supporters of Ben Hogan and some golf historians maintain that this tournament should count as one of Hogan's major championships, since it was run just like the U.S. Open with more than 1,500 entries, local qualifying at 69 sites and sectional qualifying at most major cities. Additionally, all of the big names in golf who were not fighting the war were in the field.[2][3]

Winner[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Alvarez, Rob (June 23, 2011). "Museum Moment: The Hale America National Open Golf Tournament". USGA Museum. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Did Ben Hogan Win Five U.S. Opens?". Exegolf. June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hanley, Reid (June 16, 1992). "Hale America: A U.S. Open?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 16, 2011.