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“Making a living was not even part of the equation. My first bag was $20 a day and 3 percent. Cesar Sanudo was the first guy that actually paid me $100 when we missed the cut. That was huge. A bunch of us would share a room, low round of the day would get the bed, and the rest of us would make do. If you had a good week, you partied hard; if you didn’t, you got by. It wasn’t like we were out there saving money. But I didn’t have anything but me.”
The Masters, A Tradition Unlike Any Other: 1935 Gene Sarazen’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”
The Masters Tournament has become arguably the most prestigious tournament in the world. Each year it produces memories and moments that leave spectators and golf fans alike in awe. Gene Sarazen made his contribution in just the second edition of the event in 1935. In an amazing turn of events, just when he thought he was down and out…Sarazen holed a 235-yard (215 m) 4-wood on the par-5 fifteenth hole that went in! This magical moment helped put The Masters on the map.
Henry Picard opened up the 1935 Masters with a 67 & 68 for 9 under par and a four stroke lead over the field. Once Picard got to the weekend his game abandoned him shooting a 76 in the third round and a 75 to finish fourth. With Picard out of the way it opened the door for Craig Wood, the runner up from the inaugural Masters Tournament won by Horton Smith.
The leaderboard before the final round was tight with many big names able to make a run:
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
The shot was a 235-yard 4-wood on the par-5 , 15th hole that went in, giving him a very rare double eagle two on the hole, only one of four to ever achieve such a feat on any hole at the Masters. He trailed the leader by three shots at the time, and made them up all at once. It led to his later winning the tournament in a 36-hole playoff over Craig Wood the next day. Sarazen won the Monday playoff by five strokes, even-par 144 to 149 (+5), and parred the 15th hole in both rounds.
Perhaps as a public service, perhaps to be consistent with the prices of their famed pimento cheese sandwiches, The Masters makes a very generous amount of coverage available on-line, for free, streaming directly from their web site, linked here. So, don’t let the fact that you have to work get in the way of your watching The Masters! Thursday’s line up:
Did you know you can play 35 rounds of golf, each round on a different Maine golf course, for only $399? Each year our friends over at The Maine Golf Trail assemble a promotional package and make it available to the first 60 individuals, allowing that select group to play a round of golf, at no additional cost except for cart, at 35 of Maine’s unique golf courses. Some other minor restrictions exist at a couple of the courses on the trail, but mostly you get to play when you want, where you want.
The list of courses included for the 2018 season can be found at the link, and as of March 30th, the word was that only a couple of Golf Maine Passports remain before they hit the target of 60… So, send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, and do it SOON!
See you on one of the many courses in Maine opening this coming weekend!
Maine lost a true golf treasure overnight, as fire swept through the clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant of Province Lake Golf Club early Thursday morning. Built in Parsonfield, Maine in 1918, the blaze destroyed the buildings as the owners and staff at PLG prepared for a year of Centennial celebrations at the club, and as a deadly nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow across the region.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, although initial scanner reports suggested the flames began in the restaurant. The Poor People’s Pub in Sanbornville, NH has made an offer of free meals for all PLG staff during the month of March.
Province Lake Golf Club has posted the following message on their website: “This post is emotional. We are emotional. We are raw, broken hearted and hurt. Standing in the snow watching a fire rip away what we have worked so hard for and cherish took pieces of us with it. … If you’re a bride and groom, we will give you a wonderful wedding day, if your hosting a tournament it will go on. We lost a piece of history but not PLG itself.”
Each year, as Spring makes its way into New England in much the same manner a maiden climbs a greased Maypole, the eager golfer grows impatient. “When will this snow melt? Golf is hard enough without looking for the errant drive of a white ball in white snow!”
Then, it arrives, in slower-than-slow-motion. The river ice breaks, the birds return, the snow gets real dirty and ugly before finally disappearing for good, and the golf courses begin opening, from South to North, in the same pattern that the lakes ice-out and the croci bloom.
Just as slowly as this annual drama unfolds, the group in front of you seems to stand at address over their drives for the entire Spring. They search interminably for their shanks and slices in the recently revealed forest floor, contemplate their four-foot putts for 40 seconds too long, and hunt endlessly for the plugged drives that, by some Easter miracle, found the fairway. Continue reading “Speed Up Your Own Pace of Play Without Hurrying”