Milwaukee Open Invitational

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Milwaukee Open Invitational
Tournament information
Location Milwaukee metro area,
Wisconsin, U.S.
Established 1955
Course(s) North Hills Country Club
Tripoli Country Club
Blue Mound Country Club
Par 70
Length 6,410 yards (5,861 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $30,000 [2]
Month played July - August
Final year 1961
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Cary Middlecoff (1958)
To par –16 as above
Final champion
Australia Bruce Crampton, 272 (–8)
Milwaukee is located in the US
Location in the United States
Milwaukee is located in Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Open Invitational was a professional golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour. It was played seven times from 1955 through 1961 at different courses in the Milwaukee area.

During its final year, Arnold Palmer skipped the tournament to prepare for the British Open,[3] which he won. The field at North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls did include 21-year-old Jack Nicklaus of Ohio State,[1] already a veteran of eight majors and the reigning NCAA champion, he won his second U.S. Amateur a month later.[4] The purse was $30,000 and Bruce Crampton won by a stroke; his winner's share was $4,300.[2] Nicklaus was three strokes back at 275 (−5), tied for sixth.

Two won the event twice, both at different courses: Cary Middlecoff (1955, 1958) and Ken Venturi (1957, 1960).

The tournament was played at three courses in the Milwaukee area:

Venue City Events Years Coordinates
Blue Mound Country Club Wauwatosa 1 1955 43°04′05″N 88°02′28″W / 43.068°N 88.041°W / 43.068; -88.041
Tripoli Country Club Milwaukee 4 1956–1959 43°09′11″N 87°58′01″W / 43.153°N 87.967°W / 43.153; -87.967
North Hills Country Club Menomonee Falls 2 1960–1961 43°09′04″N 88°04′37″W / 43.151°N 88.077°W / 43.151; -88.077

Blue Mound hosted the PGA Championship in 1933. The PGA Tour returned in 1968 with the Greater Milwaukee Open, which was played for 42 years, through 2009; it was played twice at Tripoli (1971, 1972).


Milwaukee Open Invitational

Miller Open Invitational

Miller High Life Open

  • 1957 United States Ken Venturi
  • 1956 United States Ed Furgol
  • 1955 United States Cary Middlecoff

See also[edit]

Other former PGA Tour events in Milwaukee


  1. ^ a b "Massengale, Hawkins knotted". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 21, 1961. p. 2B. 
  2. ^ a b "Aussie wins Milwaukee with 272". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. (Florida). Associated Press. July 24, 1961. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Palmer bypasses Milwaukee event". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. (Florida). Associated Press. July 19, 1961. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Nicklaus-Nicklaus set to compete in Milwaukee Open". Ocala Star-Banner. (Florida). Associated Press. September 11, 1985. p. 4C. 

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