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Edgar Rice Updegraff (born March 1, 1922) is an American amateur golfer and urologist.[1][2]

Ed Updegraff
Personal information
Full nameEdgar Rice Updegraff
Born (1922-03-01) March 1, 1922 (age 97)
Boone, Iowa
Nationality United States
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT44: 1966
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNP
U.S. Amateur7th: 1969
British AmateurT3: 1963
Achievements and awards
Bob Jones Award1999

Updegraff was born in Boone, Iowa and descendant of the German Op den Graeff family. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Iowa State University and his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Unlike his father and brothers, who were otolaryngologists, Updegraff chose urology as a specialty.[1] He eventually settled into practice in Tucson, Arizona in 1951, partially because of the opportunity to continue playing golf there.[1]

Updegraff had a long amateur career, winning many tournament on a local, state, and national scale, including the Western Amateur (1957, 1959), Sunnehanna Amateur (1962), Pacific Coast Amateur (1967), and U.S. Senior Amateur (1981). He was a semi-finalist at 1963 British Amateur.[3] He played on three winning Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965, 1969) and captained the 1975 team to a win.[2] He also finished in a tie for 4th place at the 1969 Tucson Open on the PGA Tour but failed to sign his scorecard and was disqualified.[4]

Updegraff received the Bob Jones Award from the United States Golf Association in 1999.[5] He was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 1969[6] and the Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2006.[7]

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U.S. national team appearancesEdit


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  2. ^ a b Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 189. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  3. ^ "Lunt, Blackwell In British Final". Reading Eagle. Reading, Pennsylvania. UPI. June 8, 1963. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Trevino Wins Tucson Open". The News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. AP. February 24, 1969. p. 2-B.
  5. ^ a b Huffman, Bill (Fall 2012). "A Life Well Played" (PDF). AZ Golf Insider. pp. 16–21. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Rickard, Jack (October 17, 2001). "Arizona Golf Association Hall of Fame". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Ed Updegraff profile". Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Southwestern Amateur – Tournament Archives". Southwestern Golf Association. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Updegraff Western Winner". The Spencer Daily Reporter. Spencer, Iowa. AP. August 26, 1957. p. 4.
  10. ^ "Updegraff Cops Western Amateur Golf Tourney". Lakeland Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. AP. August 17, 1959. p. 8.
  11. ^ "USGA Senior Amateur Championship - 1981". USGA. Retrieved January 6, 2014.