Jack Westland
Jack Westland

Jack is one of the most accomplished Pacific Northwest amateur golfers. Over 25 years, he won 13 amateur titles including the U.S. Amateur at the Seattle Golf Club in 1952 at age 46, which made him the oldest winner of this championship. Defending his title the next year, he lost in the first round to newcomer Arnold Palmer.

He was also an American politician serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1953-64) representing Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. He began his political career by winning Henry M. Jackson’s vacated congressional seat in 1952. He was re-elected five times before losing in the 1964 national elections.

His first amateur win was in 1924 when, as a University of Washington (UW) student, he won the Washington State Men’s Amateur, which he won again in 1947 and 1948. Also, while at U.W., he won U.W.’s collegiate invitational three times and placed second in the 1925 NCAA Championships. After U.W. with his new bride, Marcia, he moved to Chicago where in 1927, 1929, and 1934, he won the Chicago District Amateur championships (impressive wins considering the quality of play in this area). In 1936 he returned to the Seattle area and dominated Northwest golf winning three consecutive Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) amateur titles (1938-40). Other amateur titles were the 1929 French Amateur, 1933 Western Amateur, and 1963 Senior Amateur.

Because of his outstanding amateur career, he was named to three U.S. Walker Cup teams (1932, 1934, & 1953) and was the non-playing captain of the 1961 team. In 1978, he was inducted into PNGA’s Hall of Fame.