U.S. Open Champion Johnny Goodman

U.S. Open Champion Johnny Goodman
U.S. Open Champion Johnny Goodman
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Johnny Goodman grew up as one of 10 children in a poor section of Omaha, Neb. To help his family financially, he caddied at Omaha Field Club, where he learned to play the game. In 1929, Goodman made national headlines by upsetting two-time defending champion Bob Jones in the first round of the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach. To get there, Goodman rode in cattle cars because he couldn't afford a better seat on the train. By 1933, Goodman was one of the country's best amateurs. At North Shore C.C. in Glencoe, Ill., he earned a one-stroke victory over Ralph Guldahl to win the U.S. Open. Goodman remains the last amateur to win this championship. Four years later, Goodman defeated Raymond Billows to win the 1937 U.S. Amateur at Alderwood C.C. in Portland, Ore.