Colorado Golf Foundation

"First Bear Tracks"
Signed Limited Edition Lithograph

1959 U.S. Amateur Championship
Jack Nicklaus & Charlie Coe

(Lithograph is 24" x 31.5" unframed)

Late in the afternoon on Sunday, September 19, 1959, Jack Nicklaus holed an eight-foot putt on the eighteenth green of the East Course of The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to win the fifty-ninth United States Amateur Golf Championship, his first major title.

Although Nicklaus went on to win another U.S. Amateur and 18 professional major championships, the U.S. Amateur in 1959 was truly something special. John English, then Assistant Executive Director of the USGA, called the final at the Broadmoor a “classic drama.” In The Greatest Game of All by Jack Nicklaus, he points out why it merited such praise: “It certainly was both the most exhilarating and exhausting duel I have ever been engaged in-the personification of that special kind of suspense that comes only in match play. Everything was right for the final. The weather was great, the sun bouncing off the salmon-colored walls of the mountains. Charlie Coe was at the peak of his game. I was at the peak of mine.”

The 1949 and 1958 U.S. Amateur Champion, Coe, confirmed this by stating, “Jack birdied the first three holes of the round and only was 1-up, and knew then-the match was on.” Furthermore, “This was one of the closest and hardest fought matches of my life and throughout, Jack Nicklaus was a perfect competitor and gentlemen-the only thing that I would have changed that day is the eventual outcome. Even though I lost, it marked the beginning of a wonderful friendship.”

In 1998, Castle Pines Golf Club commissioned “First Bear Tracks” with the cooperation of Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Coe. This beautiful piece of art captures the ultimate moment in sportsmanship which occurred that historic afternoon when nineteen-year old Jack Nicklaus won his first major championship and received the admiration and congratulations from his opponent and defending champion Charlie Coe.

A special edition of 200 lithographs were numbered and signed by the artist Greg Rudd as well as by the competitors, Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Coe. 50 of these lithographs have been made available by Castle Pines Golf Club and The Colorado Golf Foundation in honor of the Colorado Century of Golf celebration in 2015. The autographs on each print are certified authentic by Castle Pines Golf Club. Furthermore, proceeds from the sale of each print-which is tax deductible-goes to both the Colorado Golf Foundation and the Castle Pines Scholarship Foundation.

Questions and Item Pickup/Delivery

Items can be picked-up at the CGA offices or arranged to be delivered locally. If the purchaser needs the item shipped, they will incur actual shipping costs separately from the purchase. For more information and to arrange pick-up, delivery or shipping, please contact Ryan Smith, Director of Development of the Colorado Golf Association, at or 303-974-2108.


Framed Lithograph


Title and Signatures


Nicklaus Signature

Nicklaus Authentication

Coe Signature

Rudd Signature

Your purchase will include a letter of authentication personally signed
by Castle Pines Golf Club Director, Keith Schneider

 View the Accompanying Letter of Authentication 

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