Ohio Kings Island Open

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The Ohio Kings Island Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1973 to 1977. It was played at Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Mason, Ohio. The tournament was dropped when the LPGA Championship moved there in 1978.


Year Winner Score To par
1977 Mike Hill 269 −11
1976 Ben Crenshaw 271 −9
1975 No tournament
1974 Miller Barber 277 −7
1973 Jack Nicklaus 271 −13

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1973: Jack Nicklaus shoots a third round 62 on his way to a six-shot victory over Lee Trevino in the inaugural version of the tournament. After the tournament was over, Nicklaus announced he would be giving all of his first place check, $25,000, to charity.[1]
  • 1974: Miller Barber notches a victory for the eighth consecutive year. His 72-hole total of 277 is good enough for a three shot win over George Johnson.[2]
  • 1976: Ben Crenshaw sinks a 14-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to beat Andy North by one shot.[3]
  • 1977: Mike Hill wins the last edition of the tournament by one shot over Tom Kite.[4]


  1. ^ Strode, George (October 9, 1973). "Nicklaus Wins Kings Island, Gives 25,000 to 2 Charities". The Press-Courier. Oxnard, California. AP. p. 13. 
  2. ^ "Miller Barber Wins Kings Island Open". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. AP. September 23, 1974. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Crenshaw wins Kings Island Open". The Daily Sentinel. Pomeroy-Middleport, Ohio. UPI. September 20, 1976. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Kings Island Open Captured By Hill". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. AP. September 26, 1977. p. 3C. 

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