H.S. Corbett, El Rio president, hands Tucson Open winner Ray Mangrum a check for $1,000 in 1945. Sam Levitz photo

Sam Levitz photo

The purse in ’45 was only $5,000, but Sam Snead and many of the game’s top names began a regular stop at El Rio Golf Course for the next 15 years. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.