Ardent fans of women’s amateur golf could make a case for Glenna Collett Vare as the Nutmeg State’s top acorn, given her six U.S. Women’s Amateur wins between 1922 and ’35. But she spent most of her life as a Rhode Islander. The honor instead goes to Julius Boros of Fairfield. The man with the easy swing won the 1952 and ’63 U.S. Opens and the 1968 PGA Championship. With his PGA win, Boros, then 48, became the oldest major championship winner, a feat that has yet to be topped. He didn’t turn pro until he was 29, but Boros won 18 PGA Tour titles and contributed to the spectacular early growth of the senior tour with his victory alongside Roberto De Vicenzo at the 1979 Legends of Golf. Boros posts a close but comfortable victory over West Haven’s Doug Ford, who won 19 times on Tour, including the 1955 PGA Championship and the 1957 Masters.
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