The Golfer's Alphabet: From Arnie to Tiger

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The Golfer's Alphabet: From Arnie to Tiger

Putting together a golfer's alphabet is not a new idea. The book pictured here was published in 1898—the year after the first golf rules committee was formed by the R & A at St. Andrews and just months after William McKinley became the first sitting U.S. president to play the game.

The author, William G. Van Tassel Sutphen, produced a whimsical work lighter than my Sun Mountain 3.5 bag with entries like this:

"H is the Hole that was easy in four, And also the Hazard that made it six more."

Van Tassel Sutphen also made a couple substantial contributions to the sport, being the first editor of America's first golf magazine and also the man responsible for coining the term "The 19th Hole."

So, let's drink to Van Tassel and the fact that despite 100 years of illustrious history, legendary players and revolutionary equipment, the game really hasn't changed all that much.

It's still 18 holes with the same elusive and unattainable goals that tantalize and challenge everyone's level of proficiency. Have you ever heard a golfer say he couldn't have done better than he did after a round? I haven't.

Golf is still the game you can play well past your prime and actually continue to believe you are going to improve. In fact, it's the only sport I know where you look forward blissfully to the day when your age might actually equal your score. Can any other sport offer that? 

With reverence and apologies to all those who have ever written about golf, I pay my own humble homage to the game I love. 

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