Past NALG Champions
"Ben Richter, an active left-handed professional from the Triple A Golf Club in St. Louis, Missouri staged a tournament at the White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia. Richter was the winner. Richter also won the 1935 tournament that was played at Cleveland, Ohio. While neither the 1934 or 1935 Richter events were judged successful, they nevertheless encouraged Ben and his Missouri amateurs to pursue the notion of establishing a national organization."
Click on the link: past_nalg_champs_2019.pdf
Thanks to a loan from DelmaJean Martin, I have The History of Left-Handed Golf which was published November 1983 ... compiled by John R. Mulkern with the help and information from Jack Walters and Dale Bidwell ... edited by Nelson Cullenward and Ralph Bernstein.
The History ... not only lists the winners but also their hometown and the golf courses played during that year. The NALG was actually established in 1936.
"After a year of continuous effort on the part of Ben Richter, the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers became a reality on the morning of September 21, 1936, when 148 southpaw golfers assembled at beautiful Norwood Hills Country Club near St. Louis for the first national gathering sponsored by the organization ... twenty-five states were represented by one or more left-handers, and these men came from points as far away as Connecticut and California, and Wisconsin and Florida."
An interesting fact to know about that first tournament in 1936 ...
"The schedule called for two match play tournaments to be run off simultaneously, and the first day was devoted to a 36-hole qualifying round in the Championship division and one of 18 holes in the Vacation Division ... the entrants selecting the division in which they wanted to play. To add interest to the qualifying rounds, which are usually a non too - interesting phase of match play tournaments, Ben Richter provided forty-five prizes for play the first day. A 21-jewel wrist watch was the reward for the medalist in the Championship Division, and those in the Vacation Division, there were many prizes for most and fewest strokes on blind holes, and most holes in an unknown number of strokes. Both Divisions played for the same Blind Bogey prizes, the morning round of the Championship Division counting. Prizes for this feature included a 5,000 mile airplane trip, several leather golf bags, a wrist watch, custom-made golf slacks, and nineteenth hole accessories in abundance."