1895 U.S. Open (golf)

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1895 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates October 4, 1895
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Course(s) Newport Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 36 holes
Statistics
Length 5,510 yards (5,038 m)[1]
Field 11: 10 pros, 1 amateur[2]
Cut none
Prize fund $335
Winner's share $150
Champion
England Horace Rawlins
173
Newport Golf Club is located in USA
Newport Golf Club
Newport 
Golf Club
Location in the United States

The 1895 U.S. Open was the first U.S. Open, held on Friday, October 4, at Newport Golf Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Horace Rawlins won the inaugural U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Willie Dunn.[3]

Eleven players began the tournament (three withdrew before play began), completing four loops around Newport's nine holes, which measured 2,755 yards (2,519 m).[1] At the end of the first 18-holes Willie Campbell, Willie Dunn, and James Foulis were tied for the lead with 89, with Horace Rawlins two back at 91. Rawlins shot 41 on each of the last two loops of the course to post an 82 and 173 total, two ahead of Dunn and three ahead of Foulis and Canadian Andrew Smith, the lone amateur in the field. Rawlins won a winner's share of $150 and a gold medal.[1][4]

The U.S. Open was played a day after the U.S. Amateur championship. The two championships were held on the same course for the next two years, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 1896 and the Chicago Golf Club in 1897. The U.S. Open was 36 holes total through 1897, increased to 72 in 1898.

The golf championships at Newport in 1895 were originally scheduled for September, but were postponed due to the America's Cup yacht races,[5] won by Defender.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, October 4, 1895

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Horace Rawlins  England 91-82=173 150
2 Willie Dunn  Scotland 89-86=175 100
T3 James Foulis  Scotland 89-87=176 50
Andrew Smith (a)  Canada 90-86=176 0
5 William Davis  Scotland 94-84=178 25
6 Willie Campbell  Scotland 89-90=179 10
T7 John Harland  England 93-90=183
John Patrick  Scotland 94-89=183
9 Samuel Tucker  England 97-88=185 0
10 John Reid  Scotland 100-106=206
(a) denotes amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gola, Hank (June 15, 1995). "U.S. Open challenges golf's best". Wilmington Morning Star. (New York Daily News). p. 4C. 
  2. ^ "10 pros, 1 amateur in first Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1983. p. 58. 
  3. ^ "Rawlins is Champion". The Evening Star. Washington, D.C. October 25, 1895. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "British dominate early history of Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1983. p. 44. 
  5. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (May 15, 1962). "The Open has grown up since 1895 Rawlins win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 19. 

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