“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
The United States Golf Association has heeded the words spoken over 200 years ago by Franklin, one of our founding fathers. In preparation for the 118th playing of the United States Open, which starts today for the fifth time at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, the USGA has made some major changes to the iconic course. This will be the fifth time Shinnecock has hosted the U.S. Open, and it’s the only course to have done so in three different centuries. READ
Statistics show that the average person will hold 12 to 15 jobs during their lifetime and will make five to seven career changes. My money is on Mike Springer, the new head golf professional at The Woods at Cherry Creek in Riverhead, to not even come close.
In his mid-30s, Springer has had but one career and only two full-time jobs. READ
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM
April 27, 1955
To: Thomas O’Brien
Connecticut State Teacher’s College, New Britain, Connecticut
Matt Mattare had not planned on being in Laurel for the Metropolitan Golf Association’s 115th Met Amateur Championship. Not only was he there, though, he was the last one left standing when it was all over. READ
As a young baseball fan back in the late 1950s, I would crawl under the covers at night with my Emerson transistor radio and listen to baseball games. READ
Question: What is 1 1/2 inches in diameter, weighs a bit over an ounce, and can travel more than a hundred miles an hour? I’ll bet some of you will get this one. Yup, it’s a golf ball.
The last time golf was featured as an Olympic sport was at the 1904 Games held in St. Louis, and a lot has changed since then. READ
The first time I played a regulation round of golf was with my father when I was 12 years old. A friend of Dad’s asked if we wanted to join him and his son for 18 holes.
Kaitie Mazzaferro waits on customer Pete Kelly at the Island’s End pro shop. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)
Your golf guy has had many jobs, most of them good. Good or bad, I have always learned something from every work experience I have had. READ
“It’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian.” Those are the words from a wise former playing partner of mine as he watched me regularly show up to the course with new weapons, certain to shave strokes off my score. READ