The PGA TOUR Winner Yesterday: The Bear Trap

A bunch of PGA TOUR pros got caught in "the bear trap" yesterday. It was the final round of the Honda Classic on the Champions Course at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. So, the real winner was the bear trap.This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It's a good track, especially its last four holes: 15, 16, 17, and 18. They are called "the bear trap" because of Jack's nickname--The Golden Bear. Watching this tournament on television, the commentators kept telling … [Read more...]

Joe Dey (Part 1 of 2)

Joseph C. Dey, Jr., (1907-1991, pronounced “die”) was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania, Joe first worked as a sportswriter in Philadelphia. Then he served as the executive director of the USGA for the next thirty-five years, from 1934 to 1969. During that time, no one in golf had a better reputation for personal integrity and upholding the integrity of the game of golf than did Joe Dey … [Read more...]

Book Review of Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (Part 2 of 2)

“Chapter 2: First Commissioner,” is like a flashback in a movie. It takes us back to the PGA Tour’s split from the PGA of America in 1968. That was the source of the “Statement of Principles” that Deane had discovered and led to the stopping of his being fired in 1983. And to understand that crisis, we have to briefly consider how the PGA Tour came into existence and what the PGA of America had to do with it.The PGA of America’s headquarters are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Its web … [Read more...]

Book Review of “Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force” (Part 1 of 2)

For professional golfers who ever competed on the PGA Tour, Adam Schupak’s book Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (2011) is a must read. Many club professionals who never played the PGA Tour will find it interesting as well, partly due to the relationship between the PGA Tour and their association, the PGA of America. I’m not going to do a full book review of it here, but will tell mostly about the two crisis the Tour had, one being during Beman’s twenty-year career as commissioner of the PGA Tou … [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...]

Samuel Ryder: Found of the Ryder Cup Matches (Part 2)

In 1921, a few days prior to the British Open a golf competition was waged at Gleneagles, Scotland, between British professionals and American professionals. But its purpose was simply to help attract more American pros to come across the pond and play in the British Open. For 1926, Samuel Ryder suggested a serious golf match between the best British professionals and the top American professionals who would sail the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the British Open. It was arranged and … [Read more...]


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