Houston Open (early PGA Tour)

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The Houston Open was a golf tournament played sporadically on the early PGA Tour between 1922 and 1938. It was played in Houston, Texas. The area received a permanent tournament in 1946.

Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($) Ref
Houston Open
1938 Harold "Jug" McSpaden  United States 212# 700 3,000 [1][2]
1937 Harry Cooper  United States 280 –4 700 3,000 [3][4]
1933–36 No tournament
1932 Clarence Clark  United States 220# +4 500 2,000 [5]
1931 No tournament
1930 Al Espinosa  United States 281 –7 600 2,500 [6][7]
1925–29 No tournament
1924 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 259[8] 500 [9]
Houston Invitational
1923 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 151* 200 [10]
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1922 George Bowden
Pete O'Hara (tie)
147* [11][12]
  • # Scheduled 54 holes
  • * Scheduled 36 holes

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Week End Sports in Brief". The Day (New London, Connecticut). Associated Press. January 2, 1939. p. 12. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jug McSpaden, Snead Favored". The Miami News (Miami, Florida). Associated Press. December 29, 1938. p. B1. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cooper Wins Houston Open Golf Tourney". The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. February 15, 1937. p. 9. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cooper's Steady Golf Keeps Him Far Ahead Of Field at Houston". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Associated Press. February 14, 1937. p. 22. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Golf Stars Play In Houston Met". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). Associated Press. February 6, 1932. p. 8A. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Al Espinosa Golf Victor". The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. February 10, 1930. p. 13. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Espinosa Wins Houston Open With 281 Mark". Sarasota Herald (Sarasota, Florida). Associated Press. February 10, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ Played over 64 holes, holes 16 and 17 unplayable.
  9. ^ "Kirkwood Repeats Brilliant Playing To Win at Houston". San Antonio Express (San Antonio, Texas). February 28, 1924. p. 15. 
  10. ^ "Australian Champion Captures Houston Pro Event". Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas). February 21, 1923. p. 9. 
  11. ^ "Bowden and O'Hara Tied for Honors at Houston". San Antonio Express (San Antonio, Texas). February 21, 1922. p. 14. 
  12. ^ "O'Hara and Bowden In Tie At Houston". The New York Times (New York, New York). February 21, 1922. p. 23. Retrieved March 31, 2010.