Ken Venturi had a severe stuttering problem as a youth, lost competitive golf to carpal tunnel syndrome in his prime, lost a wife to brain cancer and 17 months ago underwent heart surgery. Yet he’s inclined to repeat, “I’ve been very fortunate.”
Jim Holtgrieve was among the nation's leading amateurs in the 1970s and '80s. He was a semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur, winner of the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981 and runner-up at the 1983 British Amateur.