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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Talking About Making US Open History...

While Brooks Koepka tries to make history today, I decided to look at some past US Open history. I realize most of you will be watching golf today so I'm just linking you to a Golf Digest article about Francis Ouimet's victory in the 1913 US Open, which many view as the real beginning of golf in America.

Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet and Ted Ray at the 1913 US Open

Many of you will have seen a movie called The Greatest Game Ever Played -- GC plays it often enough, don't they? -- where Shia Lebeouf played amateur Francis Ouimet. Movies about real events typically aren't all that accurate, but I was surprised to learn just how much of the movie did follow the actual events of the tournament.

For example, Ted Ray really did punch out a fellow competitor at dinner one night, and fans really did pass a hat around and collect money for Ouimet's young caddie Eddie Lowery. (According to the article, they took up around $150, a huge sum at that time.)

If you have some moments to spare during the action today, I think you'll find this article to be an interesting read.


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  2. Speaking of golf movies, keep an eye out later this year for an indie feature film starring Dan Lauria (Kevin Arnold's dad in "The Wonder Years") and Chinese-American K-pop star Amber Liu, "The Eagle and the Albatross", now deep in post-production after a successful crowdfunding campaign (in which I made a small contribution).