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Tournament results: Kansas City Open

Results for the Kansas City Open are shown in the table below, which includes details of the respective winners, their scores and prize money, relevant venues and title sponsors.
1959
America
Blue Hills CC, MO
275 (-13)
$2,800
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Finsterwald, Dow

Venue

Blue Hills CC, MO

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 4-7). Finsterwald (USA) beat Don Fairfield (USA) at the first playoff hole. [Blue Hills CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].

1958
America
Vossler, Ernie
Hillcrest CC, MO
269 (-19)
$2,800
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Vossler, Ernie

Venue

Hillcrest CC, MO

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (May 22-25). Second-placed Billy Maxwell (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Vossler (USA). [Hillcrest CC, Kansas City, MO].

1957
America
Besselink, Al
Hillcrest CC, MO
279 (-9)
$2,800
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Besselink, Al

Venue

Hillcrest CC, MO

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (May 23-26). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) and Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 3 shots behind Besselink (USA). [Hillcrest CC, Kansas City, MO].

1956
America
Wininger, Bo
Milburn G&CC
273 (-15)
$4,300
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Wininger, Bo

Venue

Milburn G&CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$4,300

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (May 16-19). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) and Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wininger (USA). [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].

1955
America
Hillcrest CC, MO
271 (-17)
$4,000
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mayer, Dick

Venue

Hillcrest CC, MO

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (May 19-22). Second-placed Chandler Harper (USA) and Billy Maxwell (USA) finished 6 shots behind Mayer (USA). [Hillcrest CC, Kansas City, MO].

1954
America
Ulrich, Wally
Blue Hills CC, MO
268 (-24)
$4,000
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ulrich, Wally

Venue

Blue Hills CC, MO

Score

268 (-24)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Jul 29-Aug 1). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ulrich (USA), who recorded his first and only PGA Tour win. [Blue Hills CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].

1953
America
Oliver, Ed
Milburn G&CC
269 (-19)
$3,000
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Oliver, Ed

Venue

Milburn G&CC

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (July 23-26). Second-placed Marty Furgol (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA). [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].

1952
America
Milburn G&CC
276 (-12)
$2,400
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Middlecoff, Cary

Venue

Milburn G&CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Aug 14-17). Defending champion Middlecoff (USA) beat Jack Burke Jr (USA) in an 18-hole playoff. Playoff scores: Middlecoff 66; Burke 72. [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].

1951
America
Milburn G&CC
278 (-10)
$2,400
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Middlecoff, Cary

Venue

Milburn G&CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Oct 4-8). Middlecoff (USA) beat Doug Ford (USA) and Dave Douglas (USA) in an 18-hole playoff. Playoff scores: Middlecoff 68; Ford and Douglas 72. [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].

1950
America
Milburn G&CC
271 (-17)
$2,600
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mangrum, Lloyd

Venue

Milburn G&CC

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 20-23). Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) and Jack Burke Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mangrum (USA). [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].

1949
America
Swope Memorial
277 (-11)
$1,000
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Venue

Swope Memorial

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 8-11; last played in 1946 as the Kansas City Invitational). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ferrier (USA). [Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, Missouri; at the time called Swope Park GC].

1946
America
Stranahan, Frank
Hillcrest CC, MO
274 (-18)
amateur
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stranahan, Frank

Venue

Hillcrest CC, MO

Score

274 (-18)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kansas City Invitational (July 11-14; last played in 1938; next played as the Kansas City Open in 1949). Second-placed Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 1 shot behind Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur). [Hillcrest CC, Kansas City, MO].

1938
America
Penna, Toney
Hillcrest CC, MO
212 (-7)
$1,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Penna, Toney

Venue

Hillcrest CC, MO

Score

212 (-7)

Prize money

$1,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kansas City Invitational (June 3-5; next played in 1946). Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Penna (Italy/USA). During the tournament two spectators were killed by lightning. [Hillcrest CC, Kansas City, MO].

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