Houston Open (early PGA Tour)

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The Houston Open was a golf tournament in Texas in the early years of the PGA Tour, played sporadically in Houston between 1922 and 1938. The last two editions were at par-71 River Oaks Country Club, played February 11–14, 1937,[1] and December 29–31, 1938.[2][3]

The area received an annual tournament in 1946, and River Oaks was the site for its first edition.

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Houston Open
1938 Jug McSpaden  United States 212# –1 700 3,000 [4][5]
1937 Harry Cooper  United States 280 –4 700 3,000 [6][7]
1933–36: No tournament
1932 Clarence Clark  United States 220# +4 500 2,000 [8]
1931: No tournament
1930 Al Espinosa  United States 281 –7 600 2,500 [9][10]
1925–29: No tournament
1924 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 259^ 500 [11][12]
Houston Invitational
1923 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 151* 200 [13]
Houston Professional Golf
1922 George Bowden
Peter O'Hara (tie)
147* [14][15]

# Scheduled 54 holes
^ Played over 64 holes (holes 16 and 17 unplayable)
* Scheduled 36 holes

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (February 14, 1937). "Cooper takes 5-stroke lead Houston". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 16. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (December 30, 1938). "Metz tunes up for $3,000 Open with 64". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 16. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (December 1, 1939). "M'Spaden's 212 wins Houston Open; Snead 7th". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 2, sec. 2. 
  4. ^ "Week End Sports in Brief". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. January 2, 1939. p. 12. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jug McSpaden, Snead Favored". The Miami News. Miami, Florida. Associated Press. December 29, 1938. p. B1. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cooper Wins Houston Open Golf Tourney". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. February 15, 1937. p. 9. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Golf Stars Play In Houston Met". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. Associated Press. February 6, 1932. p. 8A. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Al Espinosa Golf Victor". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Associated Press. February 10, 1930. p. 13. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Espinosa Wins Houston Open With 281 Mark". Sarasota Herald. Sarasota, Florida. Associated Press. February 10, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (February 28, 1924). "Joe Kirkwood win Houston golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 25. 
  12. ^ "Kirkwood Repeats Brilliant Playing To Win at Houston". San Antonio Express. San Antonio, Texas. February 28, 1924. p. 15. 
  13. ^ "Australian Champion Captures Houston Pro Event". Galveston Daily News. Galveston, Texas. February 21, 1923. p. 9. 
  14. ^ "Bowden and O'Hara Tied for Honors at Houston". San Antonio Express. San Antonio, Texas. February 21, 1922. p. 14. 
  15. ^ "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. 

Coordinates: 29°45′11″N 95°25′34″W / 29.753°N 95.426°W / 29.753; -95.426