Category Archives: History

Nov
17
2013
Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda honored at halftime

Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda honored at halftime

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.

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May
19
2013
By Stephanie Wei under History
Venturi: Oh my God, I've won the U.S. Open

Venturi: Oh my God, I’ve won the U.S. Open

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. 

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Mar
6
2012
By Conor Nagle under History

Athletes: Hogan, Snead, Middlecoff and Nelson.

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:

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Feb
9
2012

Police inspect a bomb crater at North Shore Golf Course, Blackpool.

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.

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Jan
27
2012
By Conor Nagle under History

Obama and Uncle Joe wiffling about on the Eisenhower putting green.

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.

But, as Martin Davis notes in a column for CNN, the magnitude of incumbent’s golf habit is dwarfed by those of a handful of 20th-century presidents.

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