We’re just finishing up our May magazine here at Advocate HQ, and there’s a story about the history of the Byron Nelson golf tournament, the predecessor of which was played in Oak Cliff for a decade.
But pro golf was played in our neighborhood before that. The 1927 PGA championship was played at the former Cedar Crest Country Club, which now is the Cedar Crest Park municipal course. The previous year marked the first time the PGA tour came south, with the Dallas Open, also at Cedar Crest. A teenage Byron Nelson was in the gallery. Nelson went on to win two PGA championships and two Masters tournaments.
Check our February 2010 story for background on the two Sunset High School graduates who found success on the pro tour — Don January and Earl Stewart Jr. Plus more history of the sport in Oak Cliff. And look for our history of the Byron Nelson in the May Advocate.