Kentucky Derby Open

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Kentucky Derby Open
Tournament information
LocationLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Course(s)Seneca Golf Course
Length6,542 yards (5,982 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$20,000
Month playedApril, May
Final year1959
Final champion
United States Don Whitt, 274 (–10)
Louisville is located in the US
Location in the United States
Louisville is located in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby Open was a PGA Tour event in Kentucky that was played at Seneca Golf Course in Louisville in the late 1950s.[2] Gary Player won his first PGA Tour event at this tournament in April 1958.[3][4][5] Seneca is a municipal course, located just northwest of Bowman Field.


Year Winner Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Notes
1959 United States Don Whitt 274 −10 1 stroke United States Jim Ferree 2,800 20,000 [1][6]
1958 South Africa Gary Player 274 −14 3 strokes United States Chick Harbert
United States Ernie Vossler
2,800 20,000 [3][4]
1957 United States Billy Casper 277 −7 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomason 4,300 30,000 [7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Whitt still hot, takes second tourney in week". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 1, 1959. p. 3B.
  2. ^ "Tournament information from Arnold Palmer's official site". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  3. ^ a b "Gary Player golf winner". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 21, 1958. p. 3B.
  4. ^ a b "Player walks in Locke's footsteps". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. April 21, 1958. p. 26.
  5. ^ "Seneca Golf Course". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  6. ^ "Whitt wins Derby Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 1, 1958. p. 6, part 2.
  7. ^ "Casper picks up medicine money". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. April 29, 1957. p. 27.
  8. ^ "Bill Casper snares Derby golf tourney". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 29, 1957. p. 2B.

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Coordinates: 38°13′48″N 85°40′23″W / 38.23°N 85.673°W / 38.23; -85.673