When it comes to competitive golf pedigrees, few places possess a stronger one than Inverness Club. Most impressive are the four U.S. Opens it has hosted, as well as a pair of PGA Championships. The club, which is located in Toledo, Ohio, on the western shores of Lake Erie, also has been the site of two U.S. Senior Opens, a U.S. Amateur and a U.S. Junior Amateur.
The list of winners there is a Who’s Who of golf history. Ted Ray won the first major championship contested at Inverness, the 1920 U.S. Open. Forty-three years old at the time, the Bailiwick of Jersey native wore a felt fedora and puffed on a briar pipe as he played. Craig Stadler won his U.S. Am at Inverness in 1973. Hale Irwin took the second of his three U.S. Open victories there in 1979, the last time the national championship came to town. In addition, Bob Tway and Paul Azinger captured their only majors at Inverness when they prevailed in the 1986 and 1993 PGAs, respectively.
The 1993 PGA Championship attracted a crowd.
Collectively, those tournaments brou...
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