Old Golf Ball of the Day December 31, 2015

The Ken Venturi Championship golf balls produced by United States Rubber, circa 1960.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (3)

Ken Venturi (May 15, 1931 – May 17, 2013) distinguished amateur golfer, professional golfer, and golf broadcaster. He won 14 tournaments on the PGA Tour including a major, the 1964 U.S. Open. Mr. Venturi was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

While coached by Byron Nelson, Venturi won the California State Amateur Championship in 1951 and 1956. In the 1956 Masters, as an amateur, he finished one shot behind winner Jack Burke, Jr.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (2)

Venturi reached the highpoint of his career, winning the U.S. Open in 1964 at Congressional Country Club.  He nearly collapses from dehydration in the heat and humidity on the 36-hole final day. Venturi was named PGA Player of the Year and awarded Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” that year.

With a total of 15 career wins in a career that lasted a mere 11 years, Venturi retired in 1967 and then spent 35 years as a one of the top color commentator in golf for CBS Sports. He retired from broadcasting in June 2002.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (1)

Ken Venturi’s Career Summary

Amateur wins1950 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1951 California State Amateur Championship

1953 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1956 California State Amateur Championship

1958 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

Professional wins

Aug 18, 1957      St. Paul Open Invitational

Aug 25, 1957      Miller High Life Open

Jan 26, 1958       Thunderbird Invitational

Feb 2, 1958         Phoenix Open Invitational

Mar 2, 1958        Baton Rouge Open Invitational

Aug 4, 1958         Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 5, 1959          Los Angeles Open

Jun 28, 1959       Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 24, 1960       Bing Crosby National Pro-Am

Aug 28, 1960      Milwaukee Open Invitational

Jun 20, 1964       U.S. Open

Jul 26, 1964         Insurance City Open Invitational

Aug 23, 1964      American Golf Classic

Jan 31, 1966       Lucky International Open

1959 Almaden Open