Greensboro Golf

Greensboro Jaycees Golf
  • August 27, 1937: Greensboro Jaycees and civic leaders meet at the O. Henry hotel and agree to launch a PGA-sanctioned golf tournament in Greensboro. In the inaugural Greater Greensboro Open, Sam Snead wins the first of his record eight victories in the event. Subsequent wins by Ben Hogan (1940) and Byron Nelson (1941) help solidify the GGO’s stature.
  • 1938 - 1942: The tournament divided playing time between Starmount and Sedgefield, then alternated between the two courses.
  • Saturday, March 26, 1938: Heath Agle, an amateur and Sedgefield Country Club member is the first to tee off in the first Greater Greensboro Open. The tournament concluded on March 28 with Sam Snead the winner with a purse of $1,200.
  • 1940: Three inches of snow postpones the 1940 tournament for three days. Ben Hogan finally wins it in a 36-hole final.
  • Feb. 11, 1945: Greensboro Daily News sports editor Smith Barrier shortens Greater Greensboro Open to G.G.O. in his column.
  • 1945: Byron Nelson won an eight-stroke victory at Starmount.
  • 1946: Sam Snead becomes the second two-time winner of the GGO with his six-shot victory.
  • 1950: A record profit of $12,400 is recorded. Sam Snead leads wire-to-wire to win by 10 strokes – a record that still stands. Snead later wins consecutive GGOs in 1955-56.
  • 1957: Sedgefield club champion Willard Gourley becomes the first Jaycee to qualify for the tournament.
  • 1961: Sedgefield becomes the tournament's home site. The Jaycees invite Charlotte native, Charlie Sifford to play and break the color barrier in the south. Sifford shares the first-round lead at 68 and finishes fourth.
  • 1965: Sam Snead wins the GGO for the eighth time.
  • 1966: Allied Chemical donates the first GGO trophy and helps push the purse to $100,000.
  • 1968: The tournament is postponed a day because of the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King.
  • 1969: Four players compete in a five-hole sudden-death playoff – the largest and longest in GGO history. Gene Littler sinks a curling 12-footer on Sedgefield’s 15th hole to win the title.
  • 1972: Arnold Palmer makes triple bogey during the final round of the GGO. With John Forbis serving as general chairman, the GGO makes a record-breaking $100,000 profit.
  • 1976: Sam Snead, 63, plays in his 34th and final GGO.
  • 1977: Forest Oaks hosts the tournament for the first time.
  • 1979: Raymond floyd becomes the first native North Carolinian to win the GGO.
  • 1984: GGO net profit is $447,219.
  • 1985: Winner, Joey Sindelar’s final total ties Danny Edwards’ 1982 figure as the worst winning numbers at Forest Oaks.
  • 1987: The third round is delayed by snow; weather that player T.C. Chen of Taiwan has never seen before. Scott Simpson wins by two shots.
  • 1988: Kmart becomes the tournament’s first title sponsor, lifting the purse to $1 million.
  • 1989: The Jaycees announce the first of nine consecutive million-dollar profits to help charities.
  • 1990: The tournament posts a profit of $1,030,000.
  • 1993: Tom Sieckmann scores a double-eagle 2 on the par-5 No.9 hole at Forest Oaks.
  • 1994: Kmart employees stage a protest at the 10th hole, over the tournament sponsor’s paying workers at the Greensboro distribution center lower wages than at other Kmart centers in the nation. Greensboro Jaycees and Kmart Corp. promises a $70,000 donation to Gillespie Park for a practice facility nd youth programs.
  • 1995: The tournament profits sets a new record profit of $1.84 million. Kmart announces it will not continue the GGO sponsorship after the contract expires.
  • 1996: Chrysler becomes the new corporate sponsor. Profits fall to 41,669,536. Jaycees donate $1,800 Year-Round Elementary School for the purchase of playground equipment. Sabrah Hardin is the first woman to manage the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic PGA tournament for the Jaycees.
  • 1997: After the furor over his controversial references to Tiger Woods, golfer Fuzzy Zoeller decides not to play in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
  • 1999: Dick Baker, a Chicago native is named Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic tournament director, a new position that includes marketing along with directing the tournament. Jaycees announce intention to buy 225 arres in eastern Guilford County to build a new course for the annual PGA tournament.
  • June 2000: Greensboro Jaycees close on the purchase of 227.1 acres of land off Rock Creek Dairy Road in eastern Guilford County for $1.7 million. The annual budget for the tournament is $6.5 million with an expected profit of $800,000 to be distributed to charities in the area.
  • 2001: Greensboro Jaycees announces that the new course will not be ready for the 2004 tournament. Profits are $315,895, 42 percent lower than 2000, and the fifth decrease in profits in six years since a record profit of $1.841 million in 1995.
  • 2002: Tournament dates are moved to the fall beginning 2003.
  • Aug. 2002: Greensboro Jaycees agree to fund part of a $3.5 million redesign of Forest Oakes Country Club.
  • Oct 2003: Tournament opens with a new name - Chrysler Classic of Greensboro – and a new fall date.
  • 2004: Greensboro Jaycees discuss plans in which a charitable foundation would serve as the Crysler Classic of Greensboro's operationg body. Brent Geiberger is the winner of $828,000 tournament prize.
  • 2005: First prize is increased to $900,000. South Korean K.J. Choi claims the prize money and a new car.
  • 2006: Greensboro golf architect Kris Spence is hired to renovate Sedgefield.
  • 2007: Wyndham Championship's inaugural year; corporate sponsorship climbs to roughly $3.5 million from $3.1 million in 2006. Tournament officials begin negotiations to move the tournament from Forest Oaks, a par 72 course to Sedgefield, a par 70 course. Charitable donations: $303,735.
  • 2008:Carl Pettersson, a Grimsley High School graduate wins at Sedgefield. $379,028 paid out to charities from $10 million in revenue.
  • 2009: Economic impact is expected to be $1.2 million. Ryan Moore wins the $918,000 purse.
  • 2010: Arjun Atwal wins $918,000 purse.
  • 2011: Webb Simpson wins $936,000. total purse $5.2 million.
  • 2012: Sergio Garcia wins $936,000, total purse $5.2 million. Game finishes on Monday, a day after Sunday rains halted play.
  • 2013: Patrick Reed wins. Purse: $5.3 million; Winner's share: $954.000; FedEx Cup points: 500 (winner)
  • Aug 17, 2014: Colombian Camilo Villegas wins. Purse: $5.3 million; Winner's share: $954,000; FedEx Cup points: 500 (winner)
  • 2015:The 2015 tournament theme is "Escape to the Wyndham".
  • Aug. 23, 2015: Davis Love III wins. Purse: $972,000; FedEx Cup points 500 (winner).
  • Dec. 2015: The PGA Tour named this year's Wyndham Championship the most "fan-friendly" event on the 2015 tournament schedule.
  • Aug. 21, 2016: Winner of $1,008,000 purse is Si Woo Kim. 68-60-64-67 - 259 -21

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

GREATER GREENSBORO OPEN
Year Winner Score
1938 Sam Snead 271
1939 Ralph Guldahl 280
1939 Lawson Little 283
1940 Ben Hogan 270
1941 Byron Nelson 276
1942 Sam Byrd 279
1943-44 No tournament WWII
1945 Byron Nelson NA
1946 Sam Snead 276
1947 Victor Ghezzi NA
1948 Lloyd Mangrum 278
1949 Sam Snead 276
1950 Sam Snead 269
1951 Art Doering 279
1952 Dave Douglas 277
1953 Earl Stewart 275
1954 Doug Ford 283
1955 Sam Snead 273
1955 Art Wall 274
1956 Sam Snead 279
1957 Stan Leonard 276
1958 Bob Goalby 275
1958 Don January 277
1959 Dow Finsterwald 278
1960 Sam Snead 270
1961 Mike Souchak 276
1962 Billy Casper 275
1963 Doug Sanders 270
1964 Julius Boros 277
1965 Sam Snead 273
1965 Billy Casper 278
1966 Doug Sanders 276
1967 George Archer 267
1968 Billy Casper 267
1968 Bobby Nichols 271
1969 Gene Littler 274
1970 Gary Player 271
1971 Bud Allin 275
1972 George Archer 272
1973 Chi Chi Rodriguez 267
1974 Bob Charles 270
1975 Tom Weiskopf 275
1976 Al Geiberger 268
1977 Danny Edwards 276
1978 Seve Ballesteros 282
1979 Raymond Floyd 282
1980 Craig Stadler 275
1981 Larry Nelson 281
1982 Danny Edwards 285
1983 Lanny Wadkins 275
1984 Andy Bean 280
1985 Joey Sindelar 285
1986 Sandy Lyle 275
1987 Scott Simpson 282
KMARTGREATER GREENSBORO OPEN
Year Winner Score
1988 Sandy Lyle 271
1989 Ken Green 277
1990 Steve Elkington 282
1991 Mark Brooks 275
1992 Davis Love III 272
1993 Rocco Mediate 281
1994 Mike Springer 275
1995 Jim Gallagher Jr. 274
GREATER GREENSBORO CHRYSLER CLASSIC
Year Winner Score
1996 Mark O’Meara 274
1997 Frank Nobilo 274
1998 Trevor Dodds 276
1999 Jesper Parnevik 265
2000 Hal Sutton 274
2001 Scott Hoch 272
2002 Rocco Mediate 272
CHRYSLER CLASSIC OF GREENSBORO
Year Winner Score
2003 Shigeki Maruyama 266
2004 Brent Geiberger 270
2005 K.J. Choi 266
2006 Davis Love III 272
WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
2007 Brandt Snedeker 266
2008 Carl Pettersson 259
2009 Ryan Moore 264
2010 Arjun Atwal 260
2011 Webb Simpson 262
2012 Sergio Garcia 262
2013 Patrick Reed 266
2014 Camilo Villegas 263
2015 Davis Love III 263
2016 Si Woo Kim 259 -21

Compiled by Diane Lamb, News Researcher
Source: News & Record Archive; Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation

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