Johnny Goodman

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Johnny Goodman
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name John George Goodman
Born (1909-12-28)December 28, 1909
South Omaha, Nebraska
Died August 8, 1970(1970-08-08) (aged 60)
South Gate, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Spouse Josephine Kersigo (1938–70)
Career
Turned professional 1960
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament 43rd: 1936
U.S. Open Won: 1933
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1937
British Amateur T9: 1934

John George Goodman (December 28, 1909 – August 8, 1970) was the last amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open, doing so in 1933; he also won the U.S. Amateur in 1937.

Goodman was born in South Omaha, Nebraska in 1909, to Lithuanian immigrants. He was orphaned at the age of 14 when his mother died after giving birth to her 13th child and his father abandoned the family. He won the Omaha city championship in 1925; four years later, he won the first of three consecutive Nebraska Amateur titles. He won the Trans-Mississippi Amateur three times (1927, 1931, and 1935).

Goodman did not turn professional until 1960; he supported himself throughout his career by selling insurance. There is a golf course in Omaha named after him.

Tournament wins (60)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1933 U.S. Open 6 shot lead −1 (75-66-70-76=287) 1 stroke United States Ralph Guldahl

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1937 U.S. Amateur 2 up United States Raymond E. Billows

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1927 1928 1929
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF
U.S. Open DNP DNP T45
U.S. Amateur DNQ DNP R16
British Amateur DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF DNP DNP 43 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T11 DNP T14 LA 1 LA T43 T36 T22 8 LA DNP CUT
U.S. Amateur R32 R32 2 R32 R128 SF SF 1 QF R32
British Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP R16 DNP DNP DNP R32 DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT NT NT NT NT CUT DNP
U.S. Amateur DNQ R64 NT NT NT NT DNQ R32
British Amateur NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP

Note: Goodman never played in The Open Championship or the PGA Championship.

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

Source for 1934 British Amateur: Reading Eagle, May 24, 1934, pg. 17.

Source for 1936 Masters: www.masters.com

Source for 1938 British Amateur: Time Magazine, June 6, 1938

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
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

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup: 1934 (winners), 1936 (winners), 1938

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