Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Boston Globe Story on Furyk's Used Putter That Won Him $11.35 Million

Turns out the putter Jim Furyk used to win the Tour Championship, and ultimately the Fed Ex Cup, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this past Sunday, was discovered by Furyk in a used club bin at a store in South Easton, Mass. as detailed in this Boston Globe story. Furyk picked up the putter while playing in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton a few weeks back.

The original owner of the putter was Paul Szep who twice won the Pulitzer Prize as editorial cartoonist for the Globe and still contributes to Golf Digest.

“I can’t believe it. It’s quite amusing,’’ said Szep, who watched the final holes on Sunday at a friend’s house in Siesta Key. “I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to come see this. There’s my putter right there.

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/ Getty Images)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy National Punctuation Day

In honor of National Punctuation Day, here's a quote on the importance of commas, periods, semicolons, etc., from Ernest Hemingway that incorporates golf.

"My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements."

The left photo is of Hemingway, who I do not believe was a golfer, shaking the hand of Fidel Castro. The right picture is of the Cuban leader golfing. Unfortunately, Castro banned golf in Cuba and all the courses there have been destroyed or gone fallow, including two Donald Ross designs, the Havana Biltmore (1927) and Havana Country Club (1911).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Masters Tickets Raffle

The YMCA here in Middletown, Conn. is hosting a Masters Raffle. There are 500 tickets being sold at $100 a piece. Winner receives four tickets for the Thursday through Sunday rounds, a four-bedroom house for four nights and five days, a round of golf for four at a local club and $5,000 to help cover expenses and airfare. Anyone interested in participating, contact Frank Sumpter of the Middlesex YMCA: Fsumpter@MidYMCA.org.