Waterloo | Inducted 1993 | Category: Amateur Golfer

In the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s Jack Rule had an incredible impact on Iowa golf.  Jack, from Waterloo, had two major wins as a junior amateur. He captured the 1956 International Jaycee Junior and the 1958 Western Junior Amateur (fellow Hall of Famer Steve Spray would win in 1959, giving Iowa back-to-back champions). He then won back to back Iowa Amateur titles in 1958 and 1959 just before the Amateur changed to a stroke play event in 1960.  Jack also won the Waterloo Open Amateur Titles in 1958 and 1959.  Jack continued his strong play into the next two years as he won titles at the Iowa Masters in 1960 and the Northwest Amateur in 1961.  In his career, Jack won a total of 5 Iowa Major Titles.  A highlight of Jack Rule’s career was at the 1956 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, where Rule ran into a guy named Jack Nicklaus in the semifinals.  Rule was able to pull out the victory 1 up.  He eventually lost in the finals but very few individuals can say that they toppled the “Golden Bear”.  After a successful run at the Amateur level Jack tried his luck as a professional.  Jack is one of 4 Iowans to have won on the PGA Tour including Jack Fleck, Zach Johnson, and Steve Spray.  His victories include the 1963 St. Paul Open and the 1965 Oklahoma City Open.  His best finish in a Major Championship was at the 1964 PGA Championship where he finished T-39.  Jack also went back to Waterloo to win the Waterloo Open as a Professional in 1969 &’74.

Career Highlights

1956 International Jaycee Junior Champion
1958 Western Junior Amateur Champion
1958 & ’59      Iowa Amateur Champion
1958 & ’59      Waterloo Open Amateur Champion
1969 & ’74      Waterloo Open Professional Champion
1960     Iowa Masters Champion
1961     Northwest Amateur Champion

Two PGA Tour Victories 
St. Paul Open (’63)
Oklahoma City Open (’65)

Defeated Jack Nicklaus in the semifinals of the 1956 U.S. Junior Championship

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