I came across this interview on the Feherty Show with Ken Venturi a few months back, and enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it.
Following his injury-shortened career as one of the PGA’s greatest stars, including 14 Tour wins and a US Open victory, Venturi became the voice of golf for 35 years as Lead Analyst for CBS Sports’ golf coverage.
A former friend of his told me that Venturi loved my home course of North Hills Country Club, and he won the Miller High Life Open in 1957 and the Milwaukee Open there in 1961. Ken briefly mentions his experiences at my Milwaukee area club in this interview, including his history and friendships with Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and others. Venturi’s recollections of his first Snead experience in his Tour victory in Milwaukee are hilarious, leading to a lifelong friendship and rivalry with one of golf’s all-time legendary players.
Other interesting references to PGA Tour events at North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls, WI:
Joe Kirkwood Edges Out Sam Snead in 1951 Pabst Blue Ribbon Open
1940 Milwaukee Open at North Hills Country Club
Guldahl Wins Milwaukee Open with 268
Nicklaus-Nicklaus Set to Compete in Greater Milwaukee Open
Arnold Palmer Favored to Win Milwaukee Open (1960)
For my full hole-by-hole review of North Hills Country Club, please visit this link:
WiscoGolfAddict Review of North Hills Country Club
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