The Week in Golf History January 13 - 19


Jan. 13, 1978 ' Thirteen prominent veterans filed a class-action suit in Houston to restore lifetime exemption they had enjoyed as pre-1970 PGA winners. The suit was rejected by the courts, who ruled in favor of the PGA Tour in an action the tour had taken in November 1977. Litigants included Julius Boros, Jack Burke, Jim Ferrier, Doug Ford, Jay and Lionel Hebert, Don January, Dave Marr, Bobby Nichols, Bob Rosburg, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and Ken Venturi.
Jan 16, 1916 ' PGA of America founded in New York.
Jan. 17, 1952 ' Boxer Joe Louis gains entry into the inaugural San Diego Open.
Jan. 17, 1990 ' Ping lawsuit vs USGA settled out of court.
Jan. 19, 1950 ' LPGA Tour officially begins with the Tampa Open. The first tournament was won by an amateur, Polly Riley.

Jan. 19, 1969 ' JoAnne Gunderson Carner wins Burdines Invitational as an amateur, the only one to do so in an LPGA event. Other amateurs have won the U.S. Womens Open.