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Golf Is the Game of a Lifetime, Here’s Proof

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They say golf is the game of a lifetime and while many of us come to the game late those that stick with it do so exactly for that reason. For one of the many attributes of playing golf is that we can play it until we end up on the other side of the divots. John Feinstein gives us a profile of Sid Beckwith who has been playing golf for over 80 years and playing it well.   “We… Continue Reading

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What a Life…Errie Ball Passes at 103

by Jeff Skinner And then there were none. With the passing of Errie Ball there is no player left from the field of the first Masters Tournament of 1934. Ball was one of the select few that received personal invitations from Bobby Jones to play in the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The little tournament we have come to know as The Masters. Ball was 103 years old and had been a PGA Professional for over 82 years. We got… Continue Reading

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Mike Davis, Merion and The USGA Museum

by Jeff Skinner U.S. Open Countdown: 44 days Today was Media Day for the 113th U.S. Open to be held at Merion Golf Club in June.  USGA Executive Director Mike Davis spoke to the Morning Drive this morning and you could hear the excitement in his voice. Returning The Open to Merion is one of “the highlights of my career” he said and he used the word “magical” many times when speaking of the iconic course which has an unparalleled… Continue Reading

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The Captain’s History in the Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner Ryder Cup Captains Jose Maria Olazabal and Davis Love III will both try to make their own bit of Ryder Cup history over the next few days.  Both will tell you that this is the thrill of a lifetime as leading a team into the Ryder Cup is the pinnacle of any career.  While both captains hope to be able to look back at this week as a historic victory they already have plenty of Ryder cup… Continue Reading

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Bob Hope Entertains The Troops

by Jeff Skinner It’s no coincidence that they named his tournament The Bob Hope Classic.  He was indeed a classic in the highest regard.  It never mattered to him where he went for his USO show to entertain the military.  He never cared where but he always knew when.  The when was Christmas time and for over fifty years he spent his Christmases in front of the troops everywhere in the world.  From World War II to Desert Storm, everything… Continue Reading

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Golf Pioneer Bill Powell Dies

by Jeff Skinner Golf lost one of its homegrown heroes on Thursday when Bill Powell passed away. Powell was 93 and he left behind an important and powerful legacy. He was the first and only African-American to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. After Powell returned home from serving in World War II he was turned away from some public golf courses and decided to build his own. After years of hard work he succeeded… Continue Reading

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Playing with the “Old Dudes”

by Jeff Skinner One of the wonderful aspects of playing golf is that you get to meet and mix with all kinds of people. When you walk on that tee with less than a foursome, chances are you are going to get teamed up with another golfer just like you. In most cases the pairing in enjoyable and refreshing. Sometimes, on rare occasions you may be paired with someone that plays a little different style than you, but most times… Continue Reading

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