Category: Golf Articles

Honoring Dan Jenkins: Golf and the Fourth Estate

I was interested in the recent announcement that the Golf Writers Association of America has named Luke Donald (European/PGA Tours), Yani Tseng (European/LPGA) and Tom Lehman (Champions Tour) as Golfers of the Year, and that the three will be honored at Augusta in April. This news aroused some curiosity about the GWAA itself, along with …

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Lefty Golf: The Far Side of the Ball

I learned how to play golf as a left-hander because those were the clubs available from aunt and uncle hand-me-downs. I wasn’t great, but got my game up and running somewhat  (although the comment once made of Jim Furyk’s swing applied – “beheading a snake in a phone booth.”)  I switched, once new equipment became …

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Native Americans and Golf: Adopting the Scottish Game

Here’s an interesting question for you, and I’ll give you five seconds to answer. What does the abbreviation, NAGT stand for? Maybe someone out there got it – maybe someone near the Wisconsin Dells, Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama or Michigan. It’s the Native American Golf Tour, and even though it seems to be predominantly state …

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Peggy Kirk Bell: LPGA Pioneer

As I study the famous names of golf history, I run across the name of Peggy Kirk Bell wherever I turn. During the past few months, it got to the point where I couldn’t turn the page without seeing the name of Peggy Kirk Bell. Always on the way to investigate something or someone else, …

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Duality and Ethics of Golf

In the fall of 2011 I started working on a Masters Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University. I will occasionally write about different topics discussed in my classes. The most recent class discusses the ethics and duality of sports. While sports can be a positive experience for many there are also many negative situations …

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Junior Golf Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

Athletics help teach many life lessons such as teamwork, leadership skills, discipline, perseverance, courage to take risks, the ability to learn from failure, never give up and do your best. I encourage my son, and all the kids I teach in golf to remain active. It’s great if they play golf, after all, it is …

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John Brodie: Three Cheers for the Dabbler?

The Los Angeles Rams never had a bigger fan than me. They were the forces of good – Roman Gabriel, Dick Bass, Jack Snow, the Fearsome Foursome – all of them. The most important games of the year were played against the San Francisco 49ers – the evil empire, complete with their wizard quarterback. When …

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Golf Fashion: Oh…don’t go out looking like that

Steel Magnolias co-star Olympia Dukakis had a line for the ages, suggesting that the difference between mankind and the beasts lies in our ability to accessorize.  Nowhere is that more relevant than in the game of golf and its accompanying sense of fashion. The movie script made no mention, however, of our ability to accessorize …

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Golf Trek: The Future

Science fiction was such a different thing back in the fifties, and we were so easy. A couple of antennae sticking out of a football helmet, and we were good. Then along came Star Trek and Star Wars.  I thought that our unenlightened days were over, but golf has put some of us right back …

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Golf Terminology: You Can Bet On It

  Ask almost any lifetime golfer, and he or she will claim to know the language of the game, the basic vocabulary required for a suave, modern round. However, beneath the puny lexicon known to the average week-ender is an enormous etymological nightmare. Some archaic golf terminology springs from the annals of past centuries and …

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