Charlie Sifford: the Jackie Robinson of Golf

Struggling to break the color barrier in the Professional Golfers Association five decades ago, Charlie Sifford got a tip from Jackie Robinson, who had done the same thing for Major League Baseball. “You can’t be going after these people who call you names with a golf club,” Robinson told him. “If you do that, you’ll ruin it for all of the black players to come.” That was sage advice because Sifford, who passed away on Feb. 3 at age 92 …

Golfer Shoots Back-to-Back Holes-in-One

Most of us – well, at least the golfers among us – can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one. Actuaries tell us that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par 3 are approximately 12,500 to 1. The feat seems so elusively luck-laden. I say this with some authority: You’ll see my name on a plaque memorializing holes-in-one at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, Va., and mine was a totally mis-hit eight-iron shot that had …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun… 1. Howdy Doody (and Van Gogh) could help save Detroit. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The YouTube sensation “Grandma Drummer” has revealed her identity. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A stench like rotting flesh from a blossoming corpse flower attracts not only bugs but humans, too. (Learn more at Washington Post) 4.  The days of $3 a gallon gas are gone for good.  (Learn more at AARP) 5. “Silver shoplifting“ in Japan has doubled since 2002. (Learn more at Portland Press …

Here’s One Athletic Feat Where Your Age Is an Advantage

One reason that golf is a great lifetime sport is that you don’t have to finish first in a tournament or even finish with the best score in your regular foursome to be a winner. You just have to beat or tie your ultimate competitor: your own age. Sid Beckwith made that point on July 19, when he celebrated his 95th birthday by shooting a 95 for 18 holes at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club in Shelter Island Heights, N.Y. As …

The Best Looking (Nude) Golfer in America

Looking every inch a champion, the great South African golfer Gary Player is in the news, as ESPN The Magazine releases photos from its upcoming “Body Issue.” The magazine will have eight different covers on news stands; the 77-year-old Player graces one of them, a pair of golf clubs his lone accessory. Why is Player posing? “My big dream now is to help people become healthy,” he tells ESPN. “Obesity, as far as I’m concerned, is the greatest problem facing the …

Stan Morantz: He Brought Ultrasonic Cleaning to the Masses

If you’re a golfer, you know how important it is to keep your clubs clean, since dirt, grass, and other debris that accumulates on a clubhead can dramatically affect how it interacts with a golf ball at the moment of impact. And you also know what a pain it is to have to scrub golf clubs by hand with a toothbrush. That’s why you should be thankful for the ingenuity of Stan Morantz. Back in 1991, Morantz patented a process for cleaning golf clubs with …