1958: An 18 year-old Jack Nicklaus wins the Trans-Mississippi Amateur title

Trans-Mississippi Amateur

Nicklaus takes the 1958 Trans-Mississippi

On this day, In 1958 Amateur Jack Nicklaus won the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchison, Kansas.  He defeated his opponent, Richie Norville, 9 and 8 in the match play contest.  Norville, 30 at the time was 12 years older than Nicklaus yet was out muscled around the Prairie Dunes course.  Nicklaus was 5 up after nine holes and closed out the match on the 28th green.  His victory was accredited to his accurate approaches and prodigious long drives which tamed the strong Kansas plains wind.

The Trans-Mississippi Amateur

The Trans-Mississippi Amateur or Trans-Miss Amateur is an annual golf tournament. It is organized by the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association and was first played in 1901. It is played at a different course each year that are located near or west of the Mississippi River. From 1987 to 2009, the field has been limited to mid-amateurs (age 25 or greater). From its inception through the 2009 event, it was played in two parts, a 36-hole stroke play competition to determine a 64 player field for the match play competition.

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