The 1895 U.S. Open was the first U.S. Open, held on Friday, October 4, at Newport Golf Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Horace Rawlins won the inaugural event, two strokes ahead of runner-up Willie Dunn.[3]

1895 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesOctober 4, 1895
LocationNewport, Rhode Island
Course(s)Newport Golf Club
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play − 36 holes
Length5,510 yards (5,038 m)[1]
Field11: 10 pros, 1 amateur[2]
Prize fund$335
Winner's share$150
England Horace Rawlins
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Newport  is located in the United States
Newport  Golf Club is located in Rhode Island
Newport  Golf Club
Golf Club

Eleven players began the tournament (three withdrew before play began), completing four loops around Newport's nine holes, which measured 2,755 yards (2,519 m).[1] At the end of the first 18-holes Willie Campbell, Willie Dunn, and James Foulis were tied for the lead with 89, with Horace Rawlins two back at 91. Rawlins shot 41 on each of the last two loops of the course to post an 82 and 173 total, two ahead of Dunn and three ahead of Foulis and Canadian Andrew Smith, the lone amateur in the field. Rawlins won a winner's share of $150 and a gold medal.[1][4]

The U.S. Open was played a day after the U.S. Amateur championship. The two championships were held on the same course for the next two years, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 1896 and the Chicago Golf Club in 1897. The U.S. Open was 36 holes total through 1897, increased to 72 in 1898.

The golf championships at Newport in 1895 were originally scheduled for September, but were postponed due to the America's Cup yacht races,[5] won by Defender.

Final leaderboard edit

Friday, October 4, 1895

Place Player Score Money ($)
1   Horace Rawlins 91-82=173 150
2   Willie Dunn 89-86=175 100
T3   James Foulis 89-87=176 50
  Andrew Smith (a) 90-86=176 0
5   William Davis 94-84=178 25
6   Willie Campbell 89-90=179 10
T7   John Harland 93-90=183 0
  John Patrick 94-89=183
9   Samuel Tucker 97-88=185
10   John Reid 100-106=206
(a) denotes amateur

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Gola, Hank (June 15, 1995). "U.S. Open challenges golf's best". Wilmington Morning Star. (New York Daily News). p. 4C.
  2. ^ "10 pros, 1 amateur in first Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1983. p. 58.
  3. ^ "Rawlins is Champion". The Evening Star. Washington, D.C. October 25, 1895. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "British dominate early history of Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1983. p. 44.
  5. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (May 15, 1962). "The Open has grown up since 1895 Rawlins win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 19.

External links edit

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