In late June 1962, Columbus rolled out the royal treatment for a young hometown champion.

The Columbus Dispatch reported: "Praise, gifts and the applause of a friendly crowd greeted Jack Nicklaus, new U.S. Open golf champion, as he rode down High Street to a Statehouse homecoming ceremony."

On that day, the Bron-Shoe Co. gave Nicklaus the ball, gold-plated and mounted, he had used to defeat Arnold Palmer in the playoff. Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, are shown at the corner of Broad and High streets.

The 1957 Upper Arlington High School graduate would go on to win 18 major championships in his career.