Milwaukee Open

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Milwaukee Open
Tournament information
LocationMenomenee Falls,
Wisconsin, U.S.
Established1940
Course(s)North Hills Country Club
Par71
Length6,427 yards (5,877 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$5,000
Month playedAugust
Final year1940
Final champion
United States Ralph Guldahl, 268 (−16)
Milwaukee is located in the United States
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Location in the United States
Menomenee Falls is located in Wisconsin
Menomenee Falls
Menomenee Falls
Location in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Open was a professional golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour, played only in 1940. It was held August 2–4 at North Hills Country Club in Menomenee Falls, northwest of Milwaukee. Three-time major winner Ralph Guldahl shot a final round 67 (−4) to win the event at 268 (−16), two shots ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver. It was his first victory in sixteen months, since the Masters in 1939.[2][3] The purse was $5,000 with a winner's share of $1,200.[4]

Johnny Bulla led after 54 holes at 197 (−16), a new scoring record for the tour. Playing with Guldahl, he carded a 75 (+4) in the final round and fell into a tie for fourth, four strokes back. With nine holes remaining, Bulla led Guldahl by three strokes, but then shot 39 (+3) while Guldahl made up seven strokes with 32 (−4).[3][4]

The 72-hole event began on Friday, and the final two rounds were played on Sunday.[5] North Hills later hosted the Blue Ribbon Open (1951) and the final two editions of the Milwaukee Open Invitational (1960, 1961).

Leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, August 4, 1940

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ralph Guldahl  United States 68-67-66-67=268 −16 1,200
2 Ed Oliver  United States 66-66-70-68=270 −14 750
3 Sam Snead  United States 69-68-69-65=271 −13 550
T4 Johnny Bulla  United States 66-65-66-75=272 −12 375
Ben Hogan  United States 70-68-66-68=272

Scorecard[edit]

Final nine holes

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5
United States Guldahl −13 −13 −13 −14 −14 −15 −15 −15 −16
United States Bulla −15 −15 −14 −14 −13 −14 −14 −13 −12

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

See also[edit]

Other former PGA Tour events in Milwaukee

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartlett, Charles (August 4, 1940). "Bulla cards 131 to take lead in Milwaukee Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 6, sec. 2.
  2. ^ "Ralph Guldahl wins Milwaukee Open golf". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. August 5, 1940. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (August 5, 1940). "Guldahl wins in Milwaukee Open with 268". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19.
  4. ^ a b c "Guldahl makes blazing finish". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1940. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Johnny Bulla leads Milwaukee Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. August 4, 1940. p. 10.

External links[edit]

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