1915 U.S. Open (golf)

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1915 U.S. Open
Jerome Dunstan Travers 1915.jpg
Travers with the winner's cup
Tournament information
Dates June 17−18, 1915
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Old Course (no longer exists)
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 74
Length 6,212 yards (5,680 m)[1]
Field 66 players
Winner's share ($300)
Champion
United States Jerome Travers (a)
297 (+1)
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Baltusrol  is located in the US
Baltusrol 
Baltusrol 
Location in the United States
Baltusrol  is located in New Jersey
Baltusrol 
Baltusrol 
Location in New Jersey

The 1915 U.S. Open was the 21st U.S. Open, held June 17–18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Four-time U.S. Amateur champion Jerome Travers captured his only U.S. Open title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara.[1] The championship was played on the original course at Baltusrol, now known as the Old Course, which no longer exists.

Future U.S. Open champions Jim Barnes and Chick Evans shared the first round lead, with Travers five behind. After a 72 in the second round, Travers pulled to within two-shots of leaders Barnes and Louis Tellier.[2]

Travers took the lead in the third round with a 73, a shot ahead of Barnes, Tellier, Bob MacDonald, and Mike Brady, with McNamara two behind. MacDonald shot a 78 in the final round to finish in third, while Barnes and Tellier both shot 79 to finish in fourth. McNamara posted a 75 to total 298 as Travers made the turn at 39, and needed a 37 on the back-nine to win the title. His drive at the 10th went out of bounds, while his second shot found the rough. His third shot cleared the water surrounding the green and settled less than three feet (0.9 m) from the hole. He managed to save par with a 15-footer (4.5 m) at the 11th, three-putted for bogey at the 12th, but then made a birdie at 15. Pars over the final three holes saw him finish with a 76 and a 297 total.[3]

Shortly after this win, Travers announced his retirement from competitive golf and never played in the U.S. Open again.

Defending champion Walter Hagen finished nine strokes back, in a tie for tenth place.

The Old Course at Baltusrol was plowed under three years later in 1918 by course architect A. W. Tillinghast to create the Upper and Lower Courses.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 74 76 76 79 305 +9 T8
Walter Hagen  United States 1914 78 73 76 79 306 +10 T10
George Sargent  England 1909 75 77 79 75 306 +10 T10
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 1913 77 79 80 81 317 +21 T35

Source:[3]

Did not play: John McDermott (1911, 1912), Alex Smith (1906, 1910), Alec Ross (1907),
                     Laurie Auchterlonie (1902), Harry Vardon (1900), Willie Smith (1899).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 17, 1915 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jim Barnes  England 71 −2
Chick Evans (a)  United States
3 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 72 −2
T4 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 74 E
Fred McLeod  Scotland
T6 Davis Ogilvie 75 +1
George Sargent  England
Louis Tellier  France
T9 Mike Brady  United States 76 +2
Alex Campbell  Scotland
Joe Mitchell
Jerome Travers (a)  United States

Source:[2]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, June 17, 1915 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jim Barnes  England 71-75=146 −2
Louis Tellier  France 75-71=146
3 Mike Brady  United States 76-71=147 −1
4 Jerome Travers (a)  United States 76-72=148 E
T5 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 72-77=149 +1
Tom McNamara  United States 78-71=149
7 Fred McLeod  Scotland 74-76=150 +2
T8 Walter Hagen  United States 78-73=151 +3
Alex Campbell  Scotland 76-75=151
T10 Chick Evans (a)  United States 71-81=152 +4
George Low  Scotland 78-74=152
George Sargent  England 75-77=152

Source:[2]

Third round[edit]

Friday, June 18, 1915 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jerome Travers (a)  United States 76-72-73=221 −1
T2 Mike Brady  United States 76-71-75=222 E
Bob MacDonald  Scotland 72-77-73=222
Louis Tellier  France 75-71-76=222
5 Tom McNamara  United States 78-71-74=223 +1
T6 Jim Barnes  England 71-75-79=225 +3
Alex Campbell  Scotland 76-75-74=225
8 Fred McLeod  Scotland 74-76-76=226 +4
9 Walter Hagen  United States 78-73-76=227 +5
10 George Low  Scotland 78-74-76=228 +6

Source:[3]

Final round[edit]

Friday, June 18, 1915 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jerome Travers (a)  United States 76-72-73-76=297 +1 0
2 Tom McNamara  United States 78-71-74-75=298 +2 300
3 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 72-77-73-78=300 +4 150
T4 Jim Barnes  England 71-75-79-76=301 +5 90
Louis Tellier  France 75-71-76-79=301
6 Mike Brady  United States 76-71-75-80=302 +6 70
7 George Low  Scotland 78-74-76-75=303 +7 60
T8 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 74-79-76-76=305 +9 45
Fred McLeod  Scotland 74-76-76-79=305
T10 Alex Campbell  Scotland 76-75-74-81=306 +10 6
Emmet French  United States 77-79-75-75=306
Walter Hagen  United States 78-73-76-79=306
Tom Kerrigan  United States 78-75-76-77=306
Gilbert Nicholls  England 78-81-73-74=306
Jack Park  Scotland 77-77-75-77=306
Wilfrid Reid  England 77-78-75-76=306
George Sargent  England 75-77-79-75=306

Source:[3]

Amateurs: Travers (+1), Evans (+11), Stone (+12), Ouimet (+21).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hinckley, Rockwell (June 19, 1915). "Golf". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Harry C. (June 18, 1915). "Eastern pros tie for lead in golf meet". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b c d Smith, Harry C. (June 19, 1915). "Travers wins golf classic at Baltusrol". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 10. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°42′18″N 74°19′41″W / 40.705°N 74.328°W / 40.705; -74.328