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Northern California Loses a Golf Giant K


en Venturi once had 10,000 captivated fans follow him at the San


Francisco City Amateur. He won over even more fans as he fought off heat exhaus- tion to resurrect his career with a win at the 1964 U.S. Open, a performance so impressive Sports Illustrated


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named him Sportsman of the Year. And then there are the fans who never saw him hit a shot, but enjoyed Venturi as a golf commenta- tor for CBS, even though he had a severe stuttering problem as a child. A member of the


NCGA’s inaugural Hall of


Fame class and a recent in- ductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Venturi will be missed. He died in May at the age of 82. Venturi forged his game in the fog of San Francisco while playing Harding Park GC. The San Jose State golfer won the San Fran-


cisco City Amateur three times, including in 1956, when he beat Harvey Ward. He also won two Califor- nia State Amateurs before his inspirational 1964 U.S. Open victory. “He meant so much to


the game, in so many differ- ent ways,” said John Cook,


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