Dow Finsterwald Day

Dow Finsterwald Day (HM2ATH)

Location: Athens, OH 45701 Athens County
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N 39° 18.728', W 82° 9.662'

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September 25, 1958

Golfing greats Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus first
met on the golf course at the Athens Country Club
in Athens, Ohio. The event was a celebration for
native son Dow Finsterwald, winner of the 1958
PGA Championship. Due to the significance of the
event, Athens city officials proclaimed September 25, 1958, "Dow
Finsterwald Day" and the day featured an 18-hole exhibition golf
match at the Athens Country Club. Reigning Masters Champion
Arnold Palmer joined his long-time friend Finsterwald for the
exhibition. Outstanding amateur Howard Baker Saunders of Gallipolls
and eighteen year old Jack Nicklaus of Columbus completed the
foursome. Nicklaus, a recent high school graduate, was a promising
amateur with an Ohio State Open title and national Jaycee
championship to his credit.

The better-ball match paired Palmer and Nicklaus vs.
Finsterwald and Saunders. Palmer shot a 62 individually, which bettered the course record of 63 held
by Finsterwald. Nicklaus fired a 68, tying Finsterwald.
while Saunders carded a 71. Palmer and Nicklaus
captured team honors. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus went on
to battle each other as competitors on golf courses around the world, in their
golf businesses, and golf course design. Their intense
rivalry and enduring friendship spanned their careers. It all began
when Arnie

and Jack first teed it up together on this golf course
in September 1958.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Athens Foundation Ad Hoc Dow Finsterwald Marker Committee and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 399905 N 4352057
Decimal Degrees39.31213333, -82.16103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.728', W 82° 9.662'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 43.68" N, 82° 9' 39.72" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7606 Country Club Rd, Athens OH 45701, US
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