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St. Louis District Golf Association Centennial Book

Covering the history of the STLDGA's 100-years hosting championships reflects some of the best area players to be found. Complete listing of all events, winners and runner-up, trophies awarded, club representatives and District officers is included. Over 75 pages of participating players included.


Bob Goalby: 30 years after Augusta

Hundreds of stories have been written through the years about the 1968 Masters. However much of it has been filled with inaccuracies and mis-statements. Speaking with Bob we set the record straight while putting the event and the post-event procedures into perspective. Who kept the score for Roberto? Who recorded the wrong total? Was this a rare occurrance? What role did the post-round recording process, set forth by the Masters, play in the outcome? March 1998


Jim Jackson: The Gentleman Golfer

The story of this two-time Walker Cup player will amaze you. One of the most memorable individuals most players of the day ever met, Jimmy was an outstanding champion, close friend, and a fierce competitor. February 1998


Bob Cochran: Swing for a Lifetime

The 'grey fox' played the PGA tour in the 1940's as an amateur, winning once, against the likes of Nelson, Hogan, Snead, Hamilton, Oliver and Harrison. But this life-long amateur also represented his country, at the age of 48, against the best Great Britain had to offer, and he came out on top! Meet one of Missouri's all-time greats. July 1997


Ladies on the Links

Women and golf haven't always gotten along well, at least when it comes to tee times. But these two ladies, Audrey Wallace and Virginia Pepp, not only dominated area golf from 1920-1931, but they became close friends in the process, despite being from different sides of the tracks. April 1997


Oldest Courses West of the Mississippi

What was the earliest course in Kansas City, or Denver, or Los Angeles? Were they 9 or 18 holes? Is Normandie or Glen Echo older? We set the record straight while providing a little trivia along the way. August 1997


Lost Courses of St. Louis

Every hear of Indian Meadows, Crescent, North Shore, Midland Valley, Crystal Lake, Glenwood, Green Tree or Parkwood Oaks? These are just some of the courses that have been lost to golfers over the past century. April 1998


Chester O'Brien: Cadillac Man

One of the toughest things to do in golf is repeat a championship. During the dark days of the depression, selling Cadillacs was not something everyone could do successfully. Chester accomplished both of these, and along the way showed why he is the champion he is. May 1998


St. Louis Country Club: Polo to Championships

The oldest club in St. Louis has hosted five USGA events, including the 1947 US Open. Their C.B. Macdonald layout, designed by he and Seth Raynor in 1914, is among the best to be found. Enjoy the history and the course as we take you thought the hallowed grounds of The Country Club. February 1999


Hale Irwin: Thoughts of a Champion

Perhaps the greatest Senior Player of all time shares his thoughts and some of his secrets with us. The often mis-understood champ speaks his mind. September 1998


Caddies of Algonquin Golf Club

Caddies were once a big part of the game. Carts changed that over the past twenty years, but the caddies at the Algonquin GC have a long and varied history. Larry Etzkorn, former member and caddie, relates his story for all to enjoy. August 1998


The Founding Fathers of Midwest Golf

While C.B. Macdonald might have wanted to be the father of american golf, that title fell to John Reid of St. Andrews Club in Yonkers. But arguably the fathers of Midwest golf were the Foulis brothers, Jim, Robert, Dave and Simpson. Their courses began the trends we see today and many of the classic courses are a landmark to their work and dedication. Read about this wonderful family who emigrated from the home of golf itself, St. Andrews and settled in Chicago and St. Louis. October 1997


Ben Hogan Tribute: A side of the man few took notice of.

Most of us have read stories about how stoic Mr. Hogan was throughout his career. But away from the course and the cameras and reporters, he had a wonderful and delightful sense of humor. Here is a rare look at "Wee Ben". September 1997


Sphere of Influence: The Golf Ball through the years

This in-depth look at the history of the golf ball sheds light on the white sphere we all chase after in our quest for par. While improvements have been made in the clubs and courses, perhaps no where has golf improved more than the ball itself. From the featheries to the Gutty; the Vardon Flyer to the Haskell; from balata to cadwell to surlyn to polymers, each with hundreds of different dimple combinations, the engineers at Spalding, Maxfli and Titleist and the others can make it do just about anything. December 1997


Dutch Harrison; The Arkansas Traveler

Dutch made his mark in several areas in golf. As a Tour player in the 30's and 40's he had every shot in the bag. Playing with the best, he won several events and competed on the 1947 Ryder Cup squad. Dutch also helped found Old Warson and Forest Hills, serving as the first pro at both clubs. Did I mention that one of his best friends was Bob Hope! Dutch was truly a unique character in golf! July 1998


In the Zone: Lowest score ever shot!

Have you ever thought you could go low...very low, given the right circumstances, and a little luck? Could you shoot a 57? These two did, in very different manners, and one of them with a cloud hanging over the total. August 2000


Ron Whitten: By The Numbers

This Topeka Lawyer-turned Golf Architect Editor receives more than his share of criticism each year when Golf Digest Publishes their annual course ratings. Being at the top of the list can reap huge rewards for the chosen few. Ron sees what's coming from Architects around the world and has his own take on what's taking place inside the game of golf. February 1998


Bandon Dunes: It's not a hidden gem any more!

Have you ever wanted to play the best course around? What about traveling to Ireland or Scotland to golf over those ancient and magnificent links? Visit Bandon Dunes, on the southwest Oregon coast and experience links-golf on a course ranked as the best new public facility in the country. You won't be disappointed. October 2000


Vintage Port! Three-time US Mid-Amateur Champ Ellen Port

Ellen Port has captured three USGA titles in just a little over 15 years. Remarkable for someone who didn't begin playing competitive golf until her mid-20's. She has competed on two Curtis Cup teams, won decisive matches in the Missouri State Amateur and St. Louis District Championships. The best part is that this mother of two, part-time high school teacher, golf coach and wife, is one of the nicest people you would ever meet. Get to know Ellen and you'll root her on for more victories! January 2001


Gary Player: If you think he's ready to retire, think again!

Gary Player is perhaps the most traveled athlete of all time. The 1965 US Open winner at Bellerive is beloved by fans throughout the world. His passion and drive set a standard for those who play this game. The years have not diminished the competitive fire and he still has one or two goals left to accomplish before he's ready to retire. See why he will always be part of the "Big Three," joining Nicklaus and Palmer as fan favorites. And at 65, if you think he can't win still another event in this his 6th decade, better look into his eyes before you count him out. September 2001


Heroes of Golf: Golf's Forgotten Innovators

The Foulis Brothers, Robert, Jim and Dave, began a legacy in the Midwest in 1895 that continues to this day. They were golf professionals at some of the area's best clubs; Chicago GC, St. Louis GC, Onwentsia Club, Bellerive CC, Hillcrest CC and others. James won the 1896 US Open at Shinnecock and was busy designing dozens of courses. Brothers Robert and Dave constructed may of Jim's designs while doing their own original work in addition. They patented a new club; the mashie-niblik - a 7 iron today - and developed a method of taking the new Haskell ball and making it fly further. They were early organizers of the Illinois PGA, the first PGA section of the newly formed PGA of America in 1916. Links Magazine May 2003


When The Flame Last Flickered

In 1904, golf would be on the Olympic schedule for a second, and final time. The matches at Glen Echo CC featured the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion, Chandler Egan, against an aging Canadian golfer, George Lyon, who had only been playing the game for six years. With a story better than hollywood, the veteran outlasted the youngster and for 100 years his victory stands alone as the last Gold Medal won in the Olympics for Golf. Links Magazine July 2004


St. Louis Golf Review - Premiere Golf Issue.

Review of select public facilities in the Bi-State area, including Tapawingo, Pevely Farm, Annbriar and the Missouri Bluffs. In addition, a review of outstanding resort destinations for terrific golf as well as first-class amenities. This list includes Bandon Dunes in Oregon, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, French Lick, Indiana and the American Club at Kohler, WI. As an added bonus, an overview of the recent changes to Bellerive CC are also discussed.
St. Louis Magazine - March 2008


St. Louis Golf Review

For the 2nd consecutive year, I provided a review of several area courses. The 2009 list includes; Aberdeen GC, Forest Park GC and Gateway National. Each of these is among the top in their category and receive high praise from golfers. In addition, several resort courses where golf is the main attraction are reviewed. This list includes; Boyne Resort, Michigan; Kiawah, SC; and Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe, CA. In addition, a review of planning a golfing trip to Ireland is outlined, discussing cities, courses and sites for a 7, 10 or 14 day trip. St. Louis Magazine - April 2009




Golfing Before The Arch