Rubber City Open Invitational

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Rubber City Open Invitational
Tournament information
Location Akron, Ohio
Established 1954
Course(s) Firestone Country Club
South Course
Par 71
Length 6,620 yards (6,053 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $20,000   (in 1959)
Final year 1959, 58 years ago
Final champion
United States Tom Nieporte
Firestone CC is located in the US
Firestone CC
Firestone CC
Location in the United States

The Rubber City Open Invitational, first played as the Rubber City Open in 1954, was the first PGA Tour event to be held at the storied Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The tournament, last played in 1959, was discontinued as Firestone gained national prominence and attracted bigger events beginning with hosting the 1960 PGA Championship, the American Golf Classic in 1961, and in 1962 the World Series of Golf now known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.[2]

The first edition in September 1954 had a $15,000 purse with a winner's share of $2,400, won by Tommy Bolt.[3] The sixth and final champion in August 1959 was Tom Nieporte, who won $2,800 from a $20,000 purse.[4]

At the time, there were only 18 holes at Firestone, today's "South Course." The North Course was the second course, added in 1969.


Rubber City Open Invitational

Rubber City Open


  1. ^ a b "Nieporte grabs Rubber City Open". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. August 24, 1959. p. 13. 
  2. ^ "A Championship Legacy". Firestone Country Club. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b Howell, Fritz (September 6, 1954). "Tommy Bolt wins Rubber City Open". Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "Nieporte captures Rubber City Open". Lakeland Ledger. Associated Press. August 24, 1959. p. 10. 

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Coordinates: 41°00′29″N 81°30′29″W / 41.008°N 81.508°W / 41.008; -81.508