Just some thoughts::
“I think sometimes if we are not careful we can tell ourselves that the only history of importance is what’s happened in our lifetime.”
During my nearly twenty-five years on staff at the United States Golf Association it was my good fortune to attend the Master’s many times, twenty-one I think to be exact. I would go each year at the first of the week and be given credentials that would then give me access to the player’s locker room, dining area, etc.
The USGA was concerned that an exempt player would not file an entry before the deadline. It would be my responsibility to contact any exempt player participating in the Master’s that year, who had not filed an entry and make sure they were aware of their responsibility to file.
While at the Master’s I had made this friendship, acquaintances with a well known gentleman who had played in the Master’s (in fact won it on one occasion) and had played the tour for a number of years.
I remember one afternoon sitting on the porch with him and hearing him talk of the Master’s and its history. Now this would have been in the early 1980s’. I remember him saying that he felt the most memorable (other than his win) Masters ever was probably 1954 as that was the last year that Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, all three competed in the Masters. I remember thinking hum 1954 well I was only twelve years old then, did not know a thing about such an event and hey that was a long time ago, how could it be that significant?
In 2001, forty-seven years later, Herb Wind, famous golf writer, said of the 1954 Masters, “If a single golf tournament ever had a more magical week I simply can’t name it.”
You know if we aren’t careful one can measure history, what we think is important only by what we have experienced. Not so,
Thus the need for the teaching, the writing, the telling of history and past events. Every generation needs to be told, to hear and acquainted with the past.
April 13, 2018
Posted August 27, 2018