Amazing but true Golf facts

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  • Between 1923 and 1930, Bobby Jones finished 1st or 2nd in the U.S. Open every year except 1927.
  • The most interminable women’s match ever, won by Mrs. Edwin Labaugh  of N.J. took 88 extra holes.
  •  12 handicapper Clay Burler playing the Kingswood course in Surry England scored 151 with a croquet mallet.
  • The classic names for clubs, brassie, spoon, mashie, & niblic ended when Spalding introduced numbered sets in 1930.
  • In 1921, amateur Emmett French scored a creditable 80 playing the difficult 18 hole Pinhurst course with only a putter.
  • In 1914 during World War(1), caddies were so scarce that Great Britain experimented with dogs as bag carriers.
  • 125K Golf balls are hit into the water at the 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass each year.
  • The French word “Cadet” (cad-DAY) means “youngest child” and is where the word “Caddy” comes from.
  • Doug Ford entered a contest and predicted his own 1957 victory as well as his winning score of 282.
  • A golf ball will travel further on hot days, because the air is less dense, so it takes less velocity to travel.
  • Golf balls used to be made from leather and chicken or goose feathers. One ball would cost $10-20.
  • Only 20% of golfers have a handicap below 18. A golfer with handicap of 18 is called a “Bogey Golfer”.
  • Kassandra Komma from Oakland University has recorded two holes-in-one during a nine round game.
  • Only two sports have ever been played while on the moon. One is golf and the other is the javelin throw.
  • Until the invention and rising popularity of the golf tee, golfers played off of sand piles they built themselves.
  • If you walked all eighteen holes instead of riding in a golf cart, you would walk approximately four miles.

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The Australian weatherman Nils Leid teed up a ball in 1962 at Mawson Base, Antarctica, and hit  it a mile and a half across the ice…..the longest tee shot in history!

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