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January 14, 1946

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 14, 1946.
* Byron Nelson
* Victory Bond San Francisco Open

This 36 page newspaper has a one column headline on page 22: "NELSON TRIUMPHS AT SAN FRANCISCO" with subhead: "Takes Open Golf Honors With 283, Nine Strokes Ahead of Barron--Hogan Third".
Other news of the day throughout. Rag edition in great condition.

Background Information: John Byron Nelson, Jr. (February 4, 1912September 26, 2006) was an AmericanPGA Tourgolfer between 1935 and 1946.

He and two other well known golfers of the time, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, were born within 6 months of each other in 1912. Although he won many tournaments in the course of his relatively brief career, he is mostly remembered today for having won 11 consecutive tournaments and 18 total tournaments in 1945. He retired officially at the age of 34 to be a rancher, later becoming a commentator and lending his name to the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, the first PGA Tour event to be named for a professional golfer. In 1974, Byron Nelson received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

On April 23, 2007 the Northwest Independent School District named their second high school Byron Nelson High School. This is the first high school named in honor of Byron Nelson, and is expected to open in 2009. The school will be located in Trophy Club, Texas, near Nelson's hometown of Roanoke.

He became the second recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Nelson received the Congressional Gold Medal shortly after his death in 2006. source: wikipedia

Category: The 20th Century

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