On this day, In 1948 Lloyd Mangrum won the Rio Grande Open in a playoff over Jimmy Demaret

Lloyd Mangrum

Lloyd Mangrum defeats Demaret 65 to 69

On this day, Lloyd Mangrum fashioned a six-under-par 65 to win the $10,000 Lower Rio Grande Valley open golf tournament in a play-off with Jimmy Demaret.  Mangrum increased his earnings for the year to $8,188 to top the rest of the money winners on the “winter circuit”.

Demaret forced a playoff the previous day by overcoming a five stroke advantage held by Mangrum.  Demaret eventually turned in a three under 68 while Mangrum fluttered to a 73.  Mangrum came to the playoff with some vengeance while turning in a 31 on the front nine compared to Demaret’s 34.  Then Mr. Icicle turned in a 34 for a total of 65 to seal the deal.  Demaret shot a 35 on the back brining his total to 69, four back of Mangrum.

The Lower Rio Grande Open

The Rio Grande Valley Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that played in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas played 1948-1950.  The events were held at the Harlingen Municipal Golf Course in Harlingen, Texas, a 6,320-yard, par-71 course opened in 1929. Mangrum of course won in 1948, then it was Cary Middlecoff in 1949.  In 1950 Jack Burke Jr. would win his first PGA Tour victory here which he called his “best memory in golf”.

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