Harvie Ward

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Harvie Ward
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Edward Harvie Ward, Jr.
Born (1925-12-08)December 8, 1925
Tarboro, North Carolina
Died September 4, 2004(2004-09-04) (aged 78)
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of North Carolina
Turned professional 1974
Former tour(s) Champions Tour
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 3)
Masters Tournament 4th: 1957
U.S. Open T7: 1955
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1955, 1956
British Amateur Won: 1952

Edward Harvie Ward, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – September 4, 2004) was an American golfer best known for his amateur career. He is best known for winning both the U.S. Amateur (twice) and the British Amateur.

Ward was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina, where he won the NCAA Division I individual title in 1949. He graduated with a degree in economics.[1]

Ward's win in the British Amateur came in 1952 (he finished runner-up in 1953), and his consecutive U.S. Amateur wins came in 1955 and 1956. He also won several other significant amateur events including the Canadian Amateur, making him one of two golfers to win the U.S., British, and Canadian Amateurs (the other is Dick Chapman). Ward is the only player in history to have won those three titles along with the NCAA Championship. He finished runner-up in the 1952 Western Amateur. He also won the 1977 North Carolina Open as a professional.

Ward played on three winning Walker Cup teams (1953, 1955, 1959), winning all six of his matches.

In 1957, Ward lost his amateur status, in a controversial ruling by the United States Golf Association, for accepting expense money from sponsors for golf tournaments. The ruling was reversed in 1958. His primary sponsor, Eddie Lowery, who was serving at the time on the USGA's Executive Committee, had incorrectly claimed income tax deductions for the money he was spending to sponsor Ward, one of his car dealership employees in the San Francisco area. Ward was unaware of this situation, and was not personally at fault. Following the ruling, Ward's life went into a tailspin, and he took several years to recover.[1]

Ward played in 19 professional majors. In 11 Masters Tournament appearances, he finished in the top 10 twice (4th in 1957 and tied for 8th in 1955), in the top 25 five times, and only missed two cuts. In the U.S. Open, he made the cut in five of eight appearances, including a tie for 7th in 1955.

Ward turned professional in 1974, and became a club professional and golf instructor. His best-known student was three-time major winner Payne Stewart. He worked at Foxfire Country Club, Grand Cypress Golf Club (Orlando, Florida), Interlachen Golf Club (Winter Park, Florida) and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Southern Pines, North Carolina).[2] He played occasionally on the Senior PGA Tour from 1980 to 1990.

Ward was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965,[3] the Carolinas Golf Reporters Association - Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1981,[4] and the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 1996.[5]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1952 British Amateur 6 & 5 United States Frank Stranahan
1955 U.S. Amateur 9 & 8 United States Bill Hyndman
1956 U.S. Amateur 5 & 4 United States Chuck Kocsis

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP T51 DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur QF R128 R16
British Amateur DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T35 T35 T21 T14 LA T20 T8 LA T34 4 LA CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP T39 DNP CUT CUT T7 LA 47 T26 T37 CUT
U.S. Amateur R128 R32 R32 R32 R64 1 1 DNP R16 R16
British Amateur DNP DNP 1 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur R16 R64 R32
British Amateur DNP - -

Note: Ward never played in the British Open or the PGA Championship.

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup: 1953 (winners), 1955 (winners), 1959 (winners)

References[edit]

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