3/25/1952: Ben Hogan teamed with Robert Goodyear and won the best-ball portion of the Aiken Pro-Am


This Day in Hogan History:

On March 25, 1952 Ben teamed with Robert Goodyear and won the best-ball portion of the Aiken Pro-Am, earning $1,378.65 at the Palmetto Golf Club South Carolina, an 18-hole event shooting an amazing 61, one stroke ahead of Henry G. Picard. Hogan said this round was a “tune up for what I’ll be doing, I hope, a week from now,” referring to the Masters Tournament. He said about the course that holes 3, 4, and 5 were the best back-to-back-to back par fours he had ever played. And that hole 3, 5, and 13 were three of his 18 favorite holes.

Sam Snead won the Professional Division tournament with a 65. Hogan finished in a tie for second, along with Earl Stewart, Jr., Ted Kroll and Jerry Barber with 67’s.

Pictured from left to right, Ben Hogan, the Palmetto Golf Course President, Eugene Grace, Vice President Edmund Rogers and Ben Hogan’s playing partner, Robert Goodyear, receiving the trophy for winning the Devereau Millburn Pro-Am.

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