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Marvin Harvey "Bud" Ward (May 1, 1913 – January 2, 1968) was an American golfer best known for twice winning the U.S. Amateur, in 1939 and 1941.

Bud Ward
Personal information
Full nameMarvin Harvey Ward
Born(1913-05-01)May 1, 1913
Elma, Washington
DiedJanuary 2, 1968(1968-01-02) (aged 54)
San Mateo, California
Nationality United States
Turned professional1949
Professional wins15
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT21: 1940
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. Open4th: 1939
The Open ChampionshipDNP
U.S. AmateurWon: 1939, 1941
British AmateurT5: 1947

Ward was born in Elma, Washington. He excelled as an amateur golfer, winning the U.S. Amateur twice, the Western Amateur three times and his home state Washington Amateur twice. He played on the Walker Cup team in 1938 and 1947. His best performance in a major came in 1939 U.S. Open when he finished one shot out of a playoff with Byron Nelson, Craig Wood, and Denny Shute.

Ward turned professional in 1949 and worked as a club pro until his death in 1968 from cancer. He died in San Mateo, California.

Ward was elected to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1979,[1] the Pacific Northwest section of the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 1981,[2] and the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Amateur winsEdit

this list may be incomplete

Professional winsEdit

this list may be incomplete

Major championshipsEdit

Amateur wins (2)Edit

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1939 U.S. Amateur 7 & 5   Ray Billows
1941 U.S. Amateur 4 & 3   Patrick Abbott

Results timelineEdit


Tournament 1936 1937 1938 1939
U.S. Amateur R256 SF R64 1
The Amateur Championship R128
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
U.S. Amateur QF 1 NT NT NT NT R16 QF R16
The Amateur Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT QF


Tournament 1938 1939
Masters Tournament T36
U.S. Open 4 LA
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T21 T28 LA NT NT NT T30
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
Masters Tournament WD T30 T31
U.S. Open 39 T17 T37

Note: Ward never played in The Open Championship or the PGA Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = low amateur
NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in match play

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for 1938 Amateur Championship: The Glasgow Herald, May 25, 1938, pg. 21.

Source for 1947 Amateur Championship: The Glasgow Herald, May 31, 1947, pg. 5.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit