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The Cajun Classic Open Invitational was a golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour in the late 1950s and 1960s, played at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, usually in late November.[2] It debuted as the Lafayette Open Invitational in 1958,[3] and in many years was the last tournament on the PGA Tour schedule, which attracted players fighting for position on the money list.

Cajun Classic Open Invitational
LocationLafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Established1958
Course(s)Oakbourne Country Club
Par72
Length6,555 yards (5,994 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund$35,000
Month playedNovember
Final year1968
United States Ron Cerrudo
Lafayette is located in the United States
Lafayette
Lafayette
Location in the United States
Lafayette is located in Louisiana
Lafayette
Lafayette
Location in Louisiana

John Barnum, the only man in the history of the PGA Tour to earn his first win after age 50, won this event in 1962 at age 51.[4][5] Barnum was also the first player to win on Tour using a Ping putter.[6]

The 1963 tournament began on Thursday, November 21, but during the second round the following day, news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy swept the course. Saturday's play was postponed in deference to the news, with the tournament finishing on Sunday with the final two rounds being played.

It lost the last tournament slot on the 1969 schedule and the resulting smaller field caused monetary problems that resulted in the tournament folding.

WinnersEdit

Year Date Player Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Notes
Cajun Classic Open Invitational
1968 Nov 24   Ron Cerrudo 270 –18 5,000 35,000 [1]
1967 Dec 3     Marty Fleckman 275 –13 5,000 35,000 [7]
1966 Nov 27   Jacky Cupit 271 –17 4,850 34,500 [8]
1965 Nov 28   Babe Hiskey 275 –13 4,250 32,000 [9]
1964 Nov 22   Miller Barber 277 –7 3,300 25,000 [10]
1963 Nov 24   Rex Baxter 275 –13 2,800 20,000 [11]
1962 Nov 11   John Barnum 270 –14 2,400 17,500 [4]
1961 Nov 19   Doug Sanders 270 –14 2,000 15,000 [12]
1960 Nov 20   Lionel Hebert 272 –12 2,000 15,000 [13]
Lafayette Open Invitational
1959 Nov 20   Billy Casper 273 –11 2,000 15,000 [14]
1958 Apr 27   Jay Hebert 275 –11 2,000 15,000 [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Cajun Classic". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 25, 1968. p. 3C.
  2. ^ "Oakbourne Country Club to Host LGA State Amateur" (Press release). Retrieved December 19, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Jay Hebert wins pro tournament". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 28, 1958. p. 3B.
  4. ^ a b "Barnum takes Cajun Classic". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. November 12, 1962. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Oldest PGA Tour Winners". Retrieved December 19, 2007.
  6. ^ Dear, Tony. "Keeping it in the Family". Archived from the original on November 1, 2004. Retrieved December 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "Fleckman's 30-footer nets Cajun, PGA mark". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 4, 1968. p. 2B.
  8. ^ "Cupit wins Cajun golf in playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 28, 1966. p. 36.
  9. ^ "Hiskey victor in golf play". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 29, 1965. p. 15.
  10. ^ "Nicklaus tops money battle; Barber victor". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 23, 1964. p. 11.
  11. ^ "Baxter wins Cajun golf tournament". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. November 25, 1963. p. 11.
  12. ^ "Cajun golf annexed by Sanders". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 20, 1961. p. 35.
  13. ^ "L. Hebert captures Cajun Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 21, 1960. p. 28.
  14. ^ "Casper wins tourney title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 16, 1959. p. 2B.

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