Cajun Classic Open Invitational
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. It debuted as the Lafayette Open Invitational in 1958, and in many years was the last tournament on the PGA Tour schedule, which attracted players fighting for position on the money list.
|Location||Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Oakbourne Country Club|
|Length||6,555 yards (5,994 m)|
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
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. Barnum was also the first player to win on Tour using a Ping putter.
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.
|Cajun Classic Open Invitational|
|1968||Nov 24||Ron Cerrudo||270||–18||5,000||35,000|||
|1967||Dec 3||Marty Fleckman||275||–13||5,000||35,000|||
|1966||Nov 27||Jacky Cupit||271||–17||4,850||34,500|||
|1965||Nov 28||Babe Hiskey||275||–13||4,250||32,000|||
|1964||Nov 22||Miller Barber||277||–7||3,300||25,000|||
|1963||Nov 24||Rex Baxter||275||–13||2,800||20,000|||
|1962||Nov 11||John Barnum||270||–14||2,400||17,500|||
|1961||Nov 19||Doug Sanders||270||–14||2,000||15,000|||
|1960||Nov 20||Lionel Hebert||272||–12||2,000||15,000|||
|Lafayette Open Invitational|
|1959||Nov 20||Billy Casper||273||–11||2,000||15,000|||
|1958||Apr 27||Jay Hebert||275||–11||2,000||15,000|||
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