“Lou North represents, in every way, what the USG.A wants in an amateur golfer,” said Paul Gore, former golf pro at Wellshire Golf Course.
Lou North’s amateur playing record began in Colorado, spread to Utah and flourished in the entire Rocky Mountain region. In 1952 alone, he won the Colorado Stroke and Match Play Championships, Southern Colorado Open, Ft. Morgan Invitational, Jackie Hartman Memorial (with his partner Bernard Woody), Wellshire Club Championship, and runner-up honors in the Rocky Mountain Open. The press named Lou North “Top State Golfer” of 1952.
The following year wasn’t bad either. North was runner-up in the Stroke Play Championship and won another Colorado Match Play Championship by defeating Jack Munger on the 32nd hole at Denver Country Club with a hole-in-one.
Between 1948 and 1953, North participated in five U.S. Public Links Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals, fourth, first, fifth and third rounds respectively. In 1954, the North family moved to Salt Lake City where he claimed more golf titles: Rocky Mountain Open, Sheridan Tournament of Champions (twice), Utah State Amateur (three times), Western Utah Open (twice), Eastern Utah Open (twice), Salt Lake City Amateur (six times), and Salt Lake City Parks Open (twice).