Jack W. Nicklaus, of Columbus, Ohio, a student at Ohio State University,
won the Championship by 1 up in the final over defending Champion Charles
R. Coe, of Oklahoma City.
The Championship was played at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs,
Colo. The final was remarkable. Coe, 35 years old, completed the morning
round in 69, two under par, and led by two holes.
Nicklaus got around in 71. The match was squared early in the afternoon
round, but Coe moved in front once more. Nicklaus squared the match a
second time on the 12th hole and after an exchange they came to the home
hole of all square.
Here Coe made a great effort, but a recovery shot from heavy grass behind
the green failed to drop by half a turn of the ball. Nicklaus then sank
an eight-foot putt for a winning birdie 3.
Nicklaus, at 19 years and eight months, thus became the second youngest
Amateur Champion. Robert A. Gardner, of Chicago, won in 1909 at the age
of 19 years and five months. Both Coe and Nicklaus were members of the
Walker Cup Team which defeated the British in May.
The two other semi-finalists were Dudley Wysong, 20, of Dallas, who
lost to Coe, and Gene Andrews, 446, of Los Angeles, who lost to Nicklaus.
The entry reached 1,696, a record.