Red Oak | Inducted in 2007 | Category: Amateur Golfer

Jim English never played in an Iowa Amateur, which explains why he never won one. Job commitments made it too difficult for English to miss three days of work. But he still did plenty of winning. English was especially dominant in one stretch that saw him win the 1950 Iowa Masters, the 1950 Trans-Mississippi, the 1951 Iowa Open and the 1951 Herman Sani Invitational. English considers the Trans-Miss his most prestigious victory as an Iowa resident. His 11-10 victory in the 36-hole championship match is the largest margin of victory in tournament history.

English moved to Kansas in 1952 and won the Kansas Amateur the only two times he competed, in 1954 and 1956. After moving to Colorado, English won five Colorado State Amateur titles, a Colorado Open and four Colorado State Senior titles. He also won the prestigious Broadmoor Invitational twice. In addition, English was low amateur at the 1959 U.S. Open, finishing in front of Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Coe. It was one of nine times he played in our national championship. He also played in the U.S. Amateur six times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1951. English, who resides in Denver, Colorado, is already a member of the Nebraska and Colorado golf halls of fame.

Career Highlights

  • 1950 Iowa Masters Champion
  • 1950 Trans-Mississippi Champion (Winning 11-10 in the 36-hole final)
  • 1951 Iowa Open Champion
  • 1951 Herman Sani Champion
  • 1954, 1956 Kansas State Amateur Champion
  • 5- time Colorado State Amateur Champion
  • 4- time Colorado State Senior Amateur Champion
  • Colorado Open Champion
  • 2- time Broadmoor Invitational Champion
  • Low Amateur in 1959 U.S. Open, one of his 9 appearances
  • 6 U.S. Amateur appearances, best finish was in the quarterfinals in 1951
  • Member of the Colorado and Nebraska Golf Halls of Fame
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