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1935 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1935 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Writing in the July 1935 issue of American Golfer, famed sportswriter Grantland Rice said of Oakmont Country Club, site of the 1935 U.S. Open:

"Oakmont, with its ghostlike, haunted greens and its snatching traps peering well out into the fairways, is something more than a savage test of golf. It is also the type of course, as arranged for the recent Open Championship, that breaks down the mental side and rips into the nerves."

The course certainly seemed to have that effect during the 1935 U.S. Open. The winning score of 299 is the highest winning total in a U.S. Open since 1927 (which is the last time the winning score was 300 or more).

That 299 belonged to Sam Parks Jr., the club pro at Pittsburgh's South Hills Country Club, who at age 12 took lessons from Gene Sarazen. Parks had been a pro for only three years in 1935, and had no tournament wins. But every day for a month prior to the U.S. Open, Parks - heading to his job at South Hills - stopped off at Oakmont to play nine holes. He entered the U.S. Open thinking his knowledge of Oakmont might pay off.

And it did. Parks was the only golfer to finish the tournament in fewer than 300 strokes.

Parks and Jimmy Thomson were tied for the lead entering the final round, with many others in the hunt. But with bad weather conditions exacerbating Oakmont's treacherous greens, all those big names posted big numbers: Walter Hagen, 76; Denny Shute, 76; Henry Picard, 79; Sarazen, 79; Horton Smith, 79.

Thomson shot 78 and Parks 76, and that was the 2-stroke margin of victory. Parks had only one other Top 10 finish in a major. Thomson never won a major, but also finished second at the 1936 PGA Championship.

Hagen's tie for third was his last Top 10 finish in a major championship. Byron Nelson's tie for 32nd was his first cut made in a U.S. Open (in his second appearance).

Six golfers from Japan were on an exhibition tour across America in 1935, and one of them - Kanekichi Nakamura - made the cut here. He was quoted afterward in Time magazine on the Oakmont greens: "At home we hit ball on green. Here you bunt."

1935 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1935 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (a-amateur):

Sam Parks Jr. 77-73-73-76--299 $1,000
Jimmy Thomson 73-73-77-78--301 $750
Walter Hagen 77-76-73-76--302 $650
Ray Mangrum 76-76-72-79--303 $500
Denny Shute 78-73-76-76--303 $500
Alvin Krueger 71-77-78-80--306 $218
Henry Picard 79-78-70-79--306 $218
Gene Sarazen 75-74-78-79--306 $218
Horton Smith 73-79-79-75--306 $218
Dick Metz 77-76-76-78--307 $95
Paul Runyan 76-77-79-75--307 $95
Olin Dutra 77-76-78-77--308 $77
Vincent Eldred 75-77-77-79--308 $77
Herman Barron 73-79-78-79--309 $55
Bobby Cruickshank 78-76-77-78--309 $55
Mortie Dutra 75-77-80-77--309 $55
Macdonald Smith 74-82-76-77--309 $55
Ted Turner 80-71-81-77--309 $55
Al Watrous 75-80-79-75--309 $55
Vic Ghezzi 75-78-81-77--311 $50
Sid Brews 76-81-78-77--312  
Ed Dudley 74-83-75-80--312  
Bill Kaiser 78-82-78-74--312  
Gene Kunes 76-79-77-80--312  
Craig Wood 76-80-79-77--312  
Ted Luther 80-76-84-73--313  
Frank Walsh 76-82-82-73--313  
"Lighthorse" Harry Cooper 77-81-79-77--314  
Al Espinosa 75-76-78-85--314  
Willie Hunter Jr. 78-80-80-76--314  
Ky Laffoon 75-83-81-75--314  
a-Chris Brinke 80-80-81-74--315  
Billy Burke 77-84-75-79--315  
Jim Foulis 74-81-81-79--315  
Byron Nelson 75-81-82-77--315  
a-Johnny Goodman 77-78-83-78--316  
Philip Perkins 77-82-80-77--316  
Johnny Revolta 80-75-82-79--316  
Mark Fry 80-77-80-80--317  
Perry Del Vecchio 80-81-77-80--318  
Willie Goggin 77-82-82-77--318  
Ralph Guldahl 78-76-82-82--318  
Roland Mackenzie 72-82-80-84--318  
Tony Manero 77-80-76-85--318  
a-Zell Eaton 81-80-82-76--319  
Cliff Spencer 73-82-80-84--319  
Floyd Farley 75-84-84-77--320  
Al Houghton 78-82-80-80--320  
Willie Macfarlane 77-81-78-84--320  
James Fogertey 82-79-79-81--321  
George Schnieter 77-84-79-81--321  
Johnny Farrell 77-79-84-82--322  
Phil Turnesa 77-82-82-81--322  
a-Charlie Yates 77-79-84-82--322  
a-Maurice McCarthy Jr. 79-81-81-83--324  
Felix Serafin 80-79-81-84--324  
George Von Elm 81-74-83-86--324  
Walter Kozak 81-78-81-85--325  
Kanekichi Nakamura 82-79-78-86--325  
Jack Gordon 75-79-87-87--328  
Johnny Golden 79-81-86-86--332  
a-Earl Stokes Jr. 76-80-93-85--334  

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