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On and off the fairways
Barry Burn
January 12, 1959
In 1958 the Young Turks were supreme, but some oldtimers were still very much around
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January 12, 1959

On And Off The Fairways

In 1958 the Young Turks were supreme, but some oldtimers were still very much around

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THE YEAR'S FINAL LEADERS
In the chart below, Rosburg, who won the Vardon Trophy for low strokes per round, has no year-long average because he picked up in an early event, thus disqualifying himself in this category. Also, several players have no TTT or Ryder Cup points, either because they were not yet eligible or did not compete in enough tournaments.

EVENTS ENTERED

IN TOP 10

IN TOP 5

EVENTS WON

MONEY WON

STROKES PER ROUND

RYDER CUP POINTS

TTT POINTS

BILLY CASPER JR.

31

19

14

4

$56,059

70.67

848.6

ARNOLD PALMER

33

16

10

3

45,608

70.62

874.0

KEN VENTURI

28

18

13

4

42,642

70.25

669.0

DOW FINSTERWALD

36

21

17

2

42,274

70.27

680

1,130.0

JULIUS BOROS

33

14

11

2

40,639

71.05

393

740.5

JAY HEBERT

41

17

9

1

34,919

71.03

324

918.5

ART WALL JR.

36

20

11

2

34,227

70.55

450

1,050.5

TOMMY BOLT

29

15

7

2

31,640

284

593.0

BOB ROSBURG

34

14

10

0

30,563

171

749.0

DOUG FORD

39

12

6

1

29,822

71.22

237

812.0

GEORGE BAYER

39

7

5

2

24,915

71.54

716.0

BILLY MAXWELL

35

11

3

1

24,370

71.53

788.5

FRED HAWKINS

34

8

6

0

24,034

71.36

227

600.5

ERNIE VOSSLER

31

11

5

1

23,942

71.16

522.0

STAN LEONARD

15

9

6

1

22,827

70.77

FRANK STRANAHAN

35

8

4

1

21,829

71.56

514.0

SAM SNEAD

14

10

8

2

21,805

70.19

391

BO WININGER

35

11

6

0

21,672

71.32

136

733.0

GARY PLAYER

16

11

7

1

21,512

69.98

MIKE SOUCHAK

34

8

4

1

21,090

238

623.0

Last week's annual assemblage at Los Angeles, starting off the winter's professional golfing tour, would ordinarily have ended a virtual three-month tournament layoff for most of the professionals. But not this season. Last year marked the tour's coming of age as a relentless, year-long business in that the usually light autumn program was filled by six full-scale attractions. Also, in 1958 George S. May's two events were dropped by May, but 10 new 72-hole competitions were added. So the total prize money came to a record $1,300,000. Even more money, including a possible $40,000 affair in San Francisco come September, is the prospect for 1959.

As the statistics below emphasize, 1958 was the year of the Young Turks. In the 12 months just completed, Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Ken Venturi and Dow Finsterwald won 13 tournaments between them, collecting over $186,000 in combined winnings. Casper, 27, reaping $56,000, was the year's leading money winner. Palmer, 29, won the Masters, in addition to almost $46,000, while Venturi, 27, and PGA Champion Finsterwald, 29, also earned well over $40,000 in prize money. Of course, the oldtimers were not entirely muscled out of the picture. Julius Boros, at 38, had a fine competitive year, as did Art Wall, 35, and Sam Snead, nearing 50.

The rookies who made the strongest impression in 1958 are the four pictured here. Of this talented group, all in their middle 20s, Bob Goalby, Wes Ellis and Tommy Jacobs each won a circuit tourney, with only Tony Lema going winless. All won around $15,000 prize money.

Par golf, by the way, is not yet obsolete. Par figures in all of 1958's regular events would have won three tournaments, including the U.S. Open, and $38,000.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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