On Father’s Day 1974, it was too cold to play golf inRoll the clock ahead several years to the golf shop at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton. I am standing behind the counter trying to balance customer service with golf on television, something pros do on occasion. The image of Tom Watson chipping in at the 17th hole at
. So my dad and I bypassed our normal Sunday afternoon round at the Rolling Hills Par 3 and watched Hale Irwin outlast the field in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Logansport
Now it’s 1984 at The Masters, and I am standing by the greenside bunker on the ninth hole at Augusta National Golf Club. A young and rising star named Ben Crenshaw holes his sand shot on the way to winning his first green jacket.
And now, some 25 years later, these same guys still captivate crowds at the Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury Golf Club in
The Senior PGA Championship was born in 1937, and the first two events were conducted at Augusta National.
This year, Canterbury Golf Club joins Oak Hill Country Club of Rochester, N.Y., as the only layouts in the country to have hosted all five of the rotating U.S. men’s premier golf championships — the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Senior Open.
Designed by Herbert Strong and opened for play in 1921,
One unique aspect of
I had the privilege of playing in Tuesday’s pro-am, and I can attest first hand that these
nearly impossible to keep the ball below the hole.
Kerry Haigh, PGA managing director of championships, said, “I would rather stare down a rattlesnake than a 2-foot downhill putt at
Ian Woosnam was my touring professional in the pro-am. The
As I expected, “Woosie” was absolutely charming. He exhibited the quintessential pro-am demeanor, spending the entire day offering tips and anecdotes to my team, which consisted of two Pepsi officials and Dave Marr III from the Golf Channel.
Tuesday was Woosnam’s first ever trip around
Marr comes from great stock. He jokes that he was a mistake at birth: “I received my mom’s talent and my dad’s disposition.”
Marr’s father was the legendary Dave Marr II, the 1965 PGA champion, captain of the 1981 Ryder Cup team and the velvety voice of ABC golf telecasts. He also worked for NBC and the BBC.
In my professional career, I have been fortunate to be around many of golf’s all-time greats, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, to name a few. No one made a bigger impression on me than the elder Marr. He always was classy, satirically funny and carried an unforgettable presence about him.
Sadly, his announcing buddy, Bob Rosburg, the 1959 PGA champion, died this week after a fall in
The younger Marr has become a staple of the Golf Channel. Spending the day with him at
The pro-am ended way too soon for my liking because I wasn’t tired of hearing more Marr tales.
“My dad was paired with Arnold Palmer in the alternate shot competition on the first day of the Ryder Cup. Dad was really nervous on the first tee, and it never went away. He didn’t play well. He and Arnie got beat 6-and-4,” Marr remembered.
“They were having lunch, and Byron Nelson, who was the captain, came to the table and asked
The field consists of 23 majors champions, who have combined to win 42 major championships including five U.S. Opens; nine Senior PGA Championships; seven PGA Championships; seven British Opens and 10 Masters.
There are 11
And I am pretty sure that Dave Marr II is looking down on this Senior PGA Championship, and with that wry
Well, Dave, your son is a 6 at Shinnecock.
Ted Bishop is director of golf for The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin and secretary for PGA of America.
Photo Caption: On Father’s Day 1974, it was too cold to play golf in
Roll the clock ahead several years to the golf shop at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton. I am standing behind the counter trying to balance customer service with golf on television, something pros do on occasion. The image of Tom Watson chipping in at the 17th hole at