Originally known as the Plain Dealer Invitational, the Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship was rescued and rebranded by the Northern Ohio Golf Association in 1965. The NEO Am has had a history of illustrious champions, headed by the late Arnold Palmer, who got his exceptional career started in Northeast Ohio as a young Coast Guard member in 1953. Three-time NEO Am champ Bob Shave Jr. also played the pro tour, and Joe Ungvary Sr., a five-time NEO Am Champion who also won a U.S. Senior Amateur Open. Take a step back and look at the courses and names who have made their mark on amateur golf in Northeast Ohio through this prestigious tournament.
Arnold Palmer sinks a seven-foot putt to win the 1953 Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship at Shaker Heights Country Club.