1959: Deane Beman wins The Amateur Championship at Royal St. Georges in Sandwich, England

Deane Beman

Deane Beman wins The Amateur Championship

On this day, In 1959 Deane Beman won The British Amateur Championship at Royal St. Georges.  At the time of the win, Beman was a student at the University of Maryland but interrupted his studies to play in the 1959 Walker Cup.  The 1959 United States Walker Cup team was a force with the reputation as “unbeatable”, touting a rookie Jack Nicklaus on the squad.  The United States won at Muirfield Links by the score of 9 to 3.  Beman picked up right where his U.S. team left off by winning the Amateur and becoming the youngest American to do so at 21 years of age.  He needed only 14 putts in his last nine holes of play to cap off the win.

Fact: Along with winning The British Amateur in 1959, he also won the U.S. Amateur in 1960 & 1963.

Beman,  of course was the second commissioner of the PGA Tour from 1974 – 1994.  Beman turned professional in 1967 at age 29 and won four times on the PGA Tour between 1969 and 1973. He led for two rounds at the 1969 U.S. Open and finished one shot out of a playoff. Injuries curtailed his playing career. He retired as a player and closed his business practice to become Commissioner because he believed he could contribute more to the sport as a commissioner than he ever could as a player.

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