First City Golf Tournament

Date in History: 1931

It was back in August of 1931 that the Jefferson County Union first sponsored a city-wide golf tournament out at the course on Lake Koshkonong. Open to all male golfers, the tournament offered trophies for the winners and other, slightly off-beat, prizes provided by some local businesses to those who did well on particular holes. Some lucky golfers got to take home a 10 lb. pail of homemade lard from W. H. McNitt Company, $2.50 worth of fishing tackle from Heyer-Jeffords Hardware Store, a quart of milk daily for a month courtesy of Edgewater Dairy, or 500 lbs of Ice from Hebbe & Sons, among other treats!

128 men entered that first city golf tournament in 1931, and the winner was Ben Beebe, who beat out Clifford Dexheimer in the last round of match play. Howie Weiss took home the junior championship.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 06/06/2005.

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