KEN VENTURI - MAGAZINE COVER SIGNED - HFSID 158262
Sale Price $108.00
Ken Venturi signs a magazine cover of "USGA Golf Journal" the July 1964 issue.
Magazine Cover signed: "Ken Venturi", 1p, 7¾x10½. Front cover of "USGA Golf Journal", a publication of the United States Golf Association, July 1964 issue. Venturi is pictured on the cover photograph, which is captioned: "Ken Venturi and The Open/See Page 5". Imprinted article, 3¼x4, is affixed at upper right margin beneath title of the magazine. Captioned: "A Letter That Lit a Spark". The article, in full: "Ken Venturi received the following letter from the Rev. Francis Murray, a parish priest in San Francisco, shortly before the start of the Open Championship. 'Dear Ken: For you to become the 1964 U.S. Open champion would be one of the greatest things that can possibly happen in our country this year. Should you win, the effect would be both a blessing and a tonic to so many people who desperately need encouragement and a reason for hope. Most people are in the midst of unremitting struggle, involving their jobs, their family problems, their health, frustrations of various sorts, even the insecurity of life itself. For many there is a pressing temptation to give up, to quit trying. Life at times simply seems to be too much, its demands overpowering. If you should win, Ken, you would prove, I believe, to millions everywhere that they, too, can be victorious over doubt, misfortune and despair. I'll be here with you mother and father and the children watching you on TV...your friend, Father Murray.'"Imprinted sheet, 3¼x1¾, affixed at lower right margin lists the finishes for the 1964 U.S. Open, which Venturi won with a score of 278 to receive $17,000 in prize money. Ken Venturi (born in 1931), who nearly won the Masters while still an amateur in 1956, is best known for winning the U.S. Open in 1964, making a remarkable comeback after battling both physical problems and a career slump. That year, Venturi won the PGA Player of the Year award, played on the Ryder Cup Team and was named "Sportsman of the Year" by "Sports Illustrated". Forced to retire from the PGA tour at the age of 33 due to severe carpal tunnel syndrome, Venturi was a CBS golf analyst for more than a quarter of the century ("Golf Digest" called him the nation's top golf commentator). Venturi was also honored as the 1998 Ambassador of Golf and was President's Cup Captain in 2000. The writer of a number of instructional articles and books on the sport, he has also established a number of golf academies across the U.S. Slightly creased. Light stains (not evident head on) at upper portion. Fine condition.
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