Saturday, September 03, 2005

Did anyone catch the golf at the US Amateur?

The US Amateur was played at fabled Merion Golf Club this year. It just so happens I live about an hour from the course so I took in the action on Wed, the first day of match play. The primary reason I went was to see the course. Golf Digest voted it the 7th best course in the world. The members of the club restored the course to how it looked back in 1930 when Bobby Jones won here completing his Grand Slam. There's much more history associated with this course.

Bobby Jones also competed in his first US Amateur here in 1916. He also won his first Amateur here in 1924. So it was fitting that he ended his competetive career here in 1930 at the ripe old age of 28. Also, Ben Hogan won the US Open here in 1950. There is a famous photograph of him, taken from behind, as he is hitting to a hole surrounded by spectators. If you are into golf then you defenitely have seen the photo at one time or another. That picture was taken here on the 18th fairway as he hit a one iron in the green. He made birdie which forced a playoff that he eventually won. Some consider the photo the best sports photo ever taken. There is a plaque in the 18th fairway at the spot where he took the shot that commemorates the moment but it doesn't say the yardage. When I was there my friend and I waited in the rough while two golfers teed off. Their balls landed close to where the plaque was. We waited until one of the players got to his ball and figured out the yardage and then I asked his caddy what it was and figured out the plaque's yardage form it. Guess what the yardage was... 215 yds to the middle of the green. He took a one iron from 215 yds. Today, for the pros, that's a 4 iron, maybe 5. Lee Trevino also won the 1971 US Open here in a playoff against Jack Nicklaus. That's the year Lee threw a fake snake at Jack on the tee of the first hole of the playoff. Lee called the 225 yd par three 17th "The shortest par 4 in Open history". Today they lengthened it to 246 and the day I was there it played into a two club wind.

I saw some great golf played the day I was there. Two matches I watched went to the 19th hole. Throughout the whole day I saw one bad shot.

Merion was hoping to maybe get a future US Open but I'm not sure they will. When they lenghtened the course they maxed out the space. There just isn't, in my opinion enough room for the kind of crowds that would attend and the course may not be tough enough at 6840 yds to be a good enough challenge. It was for the amateurs but I don't think it could stand up to the pros. I hope I'm wrong, I would love to see more history made here.

I also hope I get a chance to play the course some day but I don't think I ever will. It's super exclusive and I don't run in the circles where I would be making friends with the members to get an invite. One can always dream.

Golf Times

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