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US Open Champion Tommy Bolt was born March 31, 1916. He turned pro back in 1946, and won a total of 15 events on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 US Open over Gary Player.
Although he is known for his US Open victory in the history books, Bolt tells of another moment that he remembers quite fondly; one of his mentor and idol, Ben Hogan. It happened during the 1960 Memphis Open, and is retold on his Hall of Fame Profile Page:
On this day in 1889, John T Reid played in the first mixed foursome recorded in the US. Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Yonkers, New York was the host.
John Reid and John Upham were two of the originally founders of the club in 1888, and the original clubhouse is still in use today, preserving the history of the course forever.
On this day in 1992, Dottie Pepper won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in a playoff over Juli Inkster. Pepper won the major tournament twice, and captured a total of 17 LPGA tournament victories during her career.
The famous golfer Ted Ray was born on this day in 1877. During his career, Ray won 2 major titles (1912 Open Championship, 1920 US Open), and earned top-10's in the Open Championship a total of 12 times. He was many times overshadowed by the "Great Triumverate" of the day (Vardon, Braid, and Taylor), but was obviously a great player in his own right.
On this day in 1966, Marilynn Smith won the Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational. Her 54 hole final of 211 was good enough to capture the $1,275 first prize.