Bert Yancey (Part 1)

Part 1 Private first class Kermit M. Zarley Jr. was discharged from the U.S. Army in the spring of 1964. (I still remember my dog tag #: ER18667197.) I had played only two rounds of golf during the past six months of active duty. That didn’t exactly prepare me for the new kind of battle I was about to undertake. I quickly exchanged my black, shiny, lace-up army boots for some colored, golf shoes with metal spikes on the soles. And my green, Army fatigues would now become history. At that time, I … [Read more...]

The Beloved Champagne Tony Lema

The worst tragedy to strike the PGA Tour during the fifty years between the 1949 Ben Hogan bus crash and the 1999 fatal Payne Stewart airplane tragedy was the 1966 fatal plane crash involving Tony Lema and his wife Betty. Tony had just finished his last round in the PGA Championship at Akron, Ohio. He and Betty were flying in a chartered, small, single-engine airplane to Chicago’s O’Hare airport when the pilot either encountered engine trouble or ran out of fuel.  He tried to ditch the plane on a … [Read more...]

“Mr. Whitney was right. I’m nothing but a country preacher”–Billy Graham

Mr.I was born and reared in Seattle, Washington. I didn’t come from a religious home. But both of my parents were from church-going families. So, they had respect for Christian people. And I had two uncles who were church pastors. One of them became the pastor of the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene. It was located about one mile from my house. So, when I was about six years old my mother began sending me off to Sunday school there.The next year, in 1949, my mother attended the Billy G … [Read more...]


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