During Auburn University’s home football game against Georgia on Saturday, we learned winning a major championship and inspiring an internet meme are two of the school’s qualifications required if alumni want a street named in honor of them. (continue reading…)
Golfing great and legendary broadcaster Ken Venturi passed away on Friday after being hospitalized for nearly two months from pneumonia and infections in his back and intestines. Venturi, who won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame last October and he was not well enough to travel to St. Augustine, Florida, for the induction ceremony on May 6th.
We all have our memories of Mr. Venturi and I’ll share my own. (continue reading…)
Pottering about on the interwebs, I came across this pretty amusing article from a 1943 issue of the Telegraph-Herald highlighting the extent to which recreational golf could aid the domestic war effort.
A missive from the dawn of sports science, it also includes rare documentary evidence of a PGA Tour executive engaging in an act of selflessness: (continue reading…)
The marvellous Lists of Note published a relic from golf’s British past yesterday: a collection of local rules issued by Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England during the Battle of Britain to instruct members in the safe negotiation of unexploded ordnance and possible strafing attacks. (continue reading…)
Never the most populist of sports, golf takes on a problematic political connotation in times of crisis. Synonymous for a large chunk of the electorate with cronyism, indulgence and naivety, a taste for spending time on the links – as opposed, say, to clearing brush on a Texas ranch – can, it seems, prove a damaging habit for a President to entertain.