1949 North and South Open Championship Gold Medal Won by Sam
Jack Snead's letter of provenance tells the story well:
"Dad won his second North-South Open in 1949 at Pinehurst #2 in
Pinehurst, North Carolina. Donald Ross was the golf professional
and golf course architect at the resort at that time. He presented
this gold medal to Dad on the steps of the Carolina Hotel. This
tournament was considered a Major. The Miami Open, L.A. Open,
Western Open and the The Metropolitan were also considered
The tournament at Pinehurst had been one of the most
prestigious in the country during the first half of the twentieth
century, but course patriarch Richard Tufts, a great advocate of
amateurism, refused to increase prize money in line with the PGA
Tour, a decision that led to the demise of the tournament after
The raised crest of the Pinehurst Golf Club commands the obverse of
the victor's medal, with simply "Sam Snead"
verso. Stamping at bottom edge reads, "LGB 10K."
1.5". Fine condition. Included is modern print of photograph of
Snead receiving medal. Letter of provenance from Jack Snead.
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