Gene Sarazen wins the Northern Professional Championship
On this day, In 1923 Gene Sarazen won the Daily Dispatch Northern Professional Championship over fellow American, Walter Hagen. Sarazen finished with a 290 over 72 holes and with that earned £100 for this victory. In the third round of play, Sarazen missed the course record of 68 by one stroke after missing a fairly easy putt on the final hole. Hagen’s poor putting was ultimately his demise and led to a 77 int he third round. Yet, he did regain his form in the final round to post a 71, good enough for second place and £50.
The Daily Dispatch Northern Professional Championship
The Northern Professional Championship was a professional golf tournament played in Northern England. The event was generally a regional tournament but from 1923 and 1927 and in 1936 it was an open event with significant prize money.
The event was started in 1920 by the Northern section of the PGA with entry restricted to members of that section. In 1923 the Championship became a national event; the Championship being extended to 72 holes with £350 in prize money under the sponsorship of the Manchester Daily Dispatch