Dow Finsterwald, 1958 PGA champion, dies at age 93
Dow Finsterwald, the 1958 PGA champion, died Friday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, his son confirmed to Golf Channel. Finsterwald was 93.
Born Sept. 6, 1929 in Athens, Ohio, Finsterwald won 12 times on the PGA Tour, from 1955-63.
His most notable triumph came in the summer of ’58 at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania. That was the first PGA Championship contested in a stroke-play format. Finsterwald lost in the match-play finals in 1957, 2 and 1, to Lionel Hebert.
Finsterwald got redemption the following year with a two-stroke victory over Billy Casper. He was named PGA Player of the Year in ’58.
Finsterwald played on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1957, ’59, ’61 and ’63) and was the non-playing captain of the victorious 1977 team. He also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in ’57.
Vice president of the PGA of America, from 1976-78, Finsterwald was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 2006.