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On this day in 1851, Tom Morris Jr. aka "Young Tom Morris" was born. He was born in Scotland, learned at Prestwick Golf Club, and by the age of 17, won his first Open Championship title, a record which still stands.
On this day in 1972 William John Burkowski, better known to the golf world as Billy Burke died. Burke won the 1931 US Open in what remains the longest Major championship ever contested.
After 72 holes Burke was tied at 292 with the great George Von Elm who had recently turned pro. Von Elm had previously become famous as one of the only legitimate rivals to Bobby Jones in the amateur game and the spoiler of the 1926 US Amateur.
On this day in 1993, Tom Wargo beat Bruce Crampton in a playoff to win the PGA Seniors Championship. Wargo did not turn pro until he was 32, as he did not even start playing until he was 25. He played in a few PGA Tour events, and primarily worked as a club pro. In 1992 he finished T-28 in the PGA Championship while still a club pro.
On this day in 1960, Sam Snead won his seventh Greenboro Open title. He shot a -14 270 to capture the $20,000 first prize. Sam would win one more time at the event, in 1965. With the win in 1965, he became the oldest person to win on the PGA Tour, at 52 years old.
On April 16, 1972, Jane Blalock won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle. The tournament was only 54 holes that year, and she shot a 213 to win by 3 shots over Carol Mann and Judy Rankin to capture the $20,000 first prize.