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Posted May 31, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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May 31, 1930: Bobby Jones had already already won nine national championships, three US Opens, four US Amateur titles and two British Opens, but he set the ball in motion for golf's greatest achievement on this day by beating Cyrill Trolley in the fourth round of the British Amateur at St.Andrews. Jones went on to win the British Amateur, the first leg of his Grand Slam, the other three tournament victories coming at the British Open, US Open and US Amateur.   
June 1, 1935: It was on this day Babe Zaharias paid the price for being really good at loads of other sports other than golf. Babe's professional activities in other sports such as track and field and basketball saw the golfing powers that be rule her ineligible for amateur golf events. Not that she really ever had any trouble in professional golf events, winning 41 LPGA Tour events.
June 2, 1922: Charlie Sifford was born on this day in Charlotte, North Carolina. Black golfers of the time were excluded from membership of the PGA of America, so Sifford made a living as the coach of band leader Billy Eckstine and from tournaments organised by black golfers. He tried to qualify for the 1952 Phoenix Open after receiving an invitation from boxer Joe Louis, but it would be 1961 before he became a member of The PGA Tour. Sifford won twice on tour but will be best known as the pioneers of desegragation in golf.
June 3, 1945: Brian Barnes was born in Addington. After being taken under the wing of 1951 Open Champion Max Faulkner, Barnes became one of Europe’s leading players in the 1970s and will always be remembered for beating Jack Nicklaus not once, but twice in one day during the 1975 Ryder Cup. It's also worth mentioning that  three-time US Open champion Hale Irwin was also born on this day in 1945 in Joplin, Mussouri.
June 4, 1943: LPGA Tour player Sandra Haynie was born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas. She won 42 times on tour, which puts her in the top ten winners of all time at the time of writing and finished in the top ten money earners on tour every year between 1963 and 1975.
June 5, 1902: history was made in more than one way when Alexander 'Sandy' Herd on the Open Championship at Holylake on this day. He did so with the much criticised Haskell ball, which comprised of an elastic thread wound around a rubber core, which was then encased in an outer cover of gutta perch. The previous 'gutty ball was prone to breaking mid air, yet but Herd's win sent demand for the ball skyrocketing.
June 6, 1924: Cyril Walker defeated the great Bobby Jones in the US Open at Oakland Hills Country Club. Born in Manchester in 1892, Walker emigrated to the USA in 1914, and beat defending champ Jones by three strokes after posting a total of 272 strokes for 72 holes. Unfortunately, alcohol addiction resulted in Walker's downward spiral and he died of pleural pneumonia in a jail cell, aged 56.

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