Near Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dow Finsterwald Day
September 25, 1958
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
Erected 2009 by The Athens Foundation Ad Hoc Dow Finsterwald Marker Committee and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 18.728′ N, 82° 9.662′ W. Marker is near Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on Country Club Road (Local Road 559) south of State Route 56, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. It is at the end of the road to the left of the clubhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7606 Country Club Rd, Athens OH 45701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Normandy Park (approx. 3 miles away); Cutler Botanic Gardens (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Silas Bingham House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Booker T. Washington (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ohio University (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Ohio University (approx. 3.4 miles away); Student Voices (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . The Golden Bear meets the King. 2016 article by Stephen J. Nesbitt in the Pitsburg Post-Gazette. “The boy Jack Nicklaus met “The King” Arnold Palmer Sept. 25, 1958, at Athens Country Club in southeast Ohio. They were paired together for an exhibition round on “Dow Finsterwald Day,” celebrating the reigning winner of the PGA Championship. Their ferocious yet friendly rivalry began with a driving contest on the first hole. Nicklaus, the 18-year-old Ohioan amateur, prevailed. Palmer, the 1958 Masters champion, shot a 63 and defeated Nicklaus by four strokes. Palmer grinned and told Nicklaus, ‘I got ya.’ But both scored a victory they would remember” (Submitted on August 26, 2018.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.