John Barnum

John O. Barnum (October 6, 1911 – October 30, 1996) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s.

John Barnum
Personal information
Full nameJohn O. Barnum
Born(1911-10-06)October 6, 1911
DiedOctober 30, 1996(1996-10-30) (aged 85)
Nationality United States
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipT16: 1958
U.S. OpenT31: 1950
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Barnum is notable for two significant milestones in golf. He was the second golfer (after Jim Barnes), and one of only seven, ever to win a PGA Tour event after turning 50, and the only player to win his first PGA Tour event past the age of 50.[1] His best finish in a major was T-16 at the 1958 PGA Championship.[2]

Barnum won five Michigan PGA Senior titles, and was runner-up three times in the PGA Seniors' Championship (1963, 1964, 1966).[3] He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 1972,[4] and elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1984.[3]

Amateur wins (2)Edit

  • 1939 Mexican Amateur
  • 1940 Mexican Amateur

Professional wins (10)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Nov 11, 1962 Cajun Classic Open Invitational −14 (68-70-63-69=270) 6 strokes   Gay Brewer

Other wins (8)Edit

Senior wins (1)Edit

  • Five Michigan PGA Senior Championships


  1. ^ "Oldest PGA Tour winners". Retrieved 2008-01-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Biographical information from Michigan Golf Foundation". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-01-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)