Blue Ribbon Open

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Blue Ribbon Open
Tournament information
Location Menomenee Falls,
Wisconsin, U.S.
Established 1951
Course(s) North Hills Country Club
Par 71
Length 6,257 yards (5,721 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $20,000 [1]
Month played July
Final year 1951
Final champion
Australia Joe Kirkwood Jr., 271 (–13)
Milwaukee is located in the US
Location in the United States
Menomenee Falls is located in Wisconsin
Menomenee Falls
Menomenee Falls
Location in Wisconsin

The Blue Ribbon Open was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played only in 1951. It was held in Wisconsin at the North Hills Country Club in Menomenee Falls, northwest of Milwaukee.

Part-time Hollywood actor Joe Kirkwood Jr. won the event at 271 (–13), two shots over runners-up Sam Snead and Jim Ferrier, the 54-hole leader.[2] The purse was $20,000 with a winner's share of $2,750.[1] Kirkwood equaled the course record in the final round with a seven-under 64.[3] He had won on tour three years earlier at the Philadelphia Inquirer Open. Following the win, Kirkwood left to go fishing in northern Wisconsin.[4]

North Hills was the site of the Milwaukee Open in 1940 and later hosted the Milwaukee Open Invitational in 1960 and 1961.


Sunday, July 22, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Joe Kirkwood Jr.  Australia 72-66-69-64=271 −13 2,750
2 Sam Snead  United States 67-70-70-65=273 −11 1,900
T3 Jim Ferrier  Australia 70-68-68-68=274 −10 1,475
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 71-67-70-66=274
5 Skee Riegel  United States 73-66-68-68=275 −9 1,150
6 Jimmy Demaret  United States 68-69-70-72=279 −5 1,000
T7 Julius Boros  United States 69-68-72-71=280 −4 762
Jack Burke Jr.  United States 73-68-68-71=280
George Fazio  United States 68-70-72-70=280
Glenn Teal  United States 67-67-74-72=280


See also[edit]

Other former PGA Tour events in Milwaukee


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Kirkwood cards final round 64 to win Blue Ribbon golf tourney". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. July 23, 1951. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Ferrier leads in Milwaukee Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. Associated Press. July 22, 1951. p. 6, sec. 2. 
  3. ^ a b "Kirkwood's 271 wins golf meet at Milwaukee". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. July 23, 1951. p. 2, sec. 3. 
  4. ^ "Kirkwood edges Snead for first". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. July 23, 1961. p. 10. 

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Coordinates: 43°09′04″N 88°04′37″W / 43.151°N 88.077°W / 43.151; -88.077