In its earlier years, through the 1960s and into the early-’70s specifically, tournaments like the Indian River Open attracted a handful of professional golfers whose names were familiar to those who followed the sport on television and elsewhere.

Florida’s wintertime mini-tour circuit was often the only place to play for those who found it feasible to wait for the PGA Tour’s early-season move from California to Florida in March. Before the days of the “all-exempt” tour and guaranteed starting spots, Florida was often the place to be — and stay — through February, and the Indian River Open was one of the must-play tournaments.

Source: Since ’64, Indian River Open has been a wintertime fixture |
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