1951: Sam Snead wins the Greenbrier Invitational in White Sulphur Springs


Sam Snead wins with a final round of 64

Sam Snead played the old White course where he is pro as if he owned it, whizzing around in a six-under par 64 to win the Greenbrier invitation golf tourney with a 72-hole total of 263.  Jim Ferrier who started well ahead of Snead on the final day finished with a 267.  Snead not only dazzled in this final round but also won the pro-amateur portion of the event with Paul Shields of New York.  In all Slammin’ Sam came away with $3,865.

Snead and The Greenbrier

In 1944 he became head pro at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and maintained ties to Hot Springs and The Homestead all of his life.  The Greenbrier was the site of the Ryder Cup in 1979, the first contested under the current format of United States against Europe.  For the last years of his life, golf legend Snead held the position of the resort’s emeritus pro; today, that title has been held by Tom Watson and, currently, Lee Trevino.

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