Waco Turner Open

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The Waco Turner Open was a PGA Tour event that was played in Burneyville, Oklahoma in the early 1960s.

The founder of the tournament, Waco Turner, was a millionaire Oklahoma oilman with a passion for golf. He started Turner's Lodge, a golf resort on what he hoped would flourish into a 2,700-acre (11 km2) grand development of 3,000 homes with a hotel, restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pools and an airstrip built around three lakes. The project ran into financial difficulties and the PGA left after the 1964 event.[1]

The greatest claim to fame for the tournament is that in 1964 an African American golfer, Pete Brown, won an official PGA Tour event for the first time at this event.[1][2][3]

The development, now called Falconhead Resort, has changed hands repeatedly in the ensuing decades, and only about 400 homes have been built on the 3,000 home sites.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Streuli, Ted (April 12, 2006). "500 OK-based Falconhead Resort lots go on auction block". The Oklahoma City Journal Record. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  2. ^ "The Year in Golf, 1964". Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Pete Brown the Facts!". Retrieved 2007-11-21.