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Gene Sarazen was born on this day in 1902, and is one of the best golfers of all time. Although his dominance was in the 1920's and 1930's, his legacy lives on forever. He is one of only five golfers to complete the career Grand Slam (the others are Woods, Nicklaus, Player, and Hogan).
Sarazen had 39 PGA tour wins over his career, including 7 majors in total. He is also credited with inventing the modern sand wedge, in 1932, which he debuted at the British Open that year.
On this day in 1961, Arnold Palmer won his second Baton Rouge Open in a row. He shot 68-66 over the final 36 holes to win the title by 7 shots over Wes Ellis. Palmer won six tournaments during his 1961 campaign.
The History of Caddies
Andrew Dickson is said to have carried the clubs for the Duke of York in 1682 at Leith, becoming the first caddy in history.
The word caddie appears in English in the 1630's, and by the 1800s it was used to describe "errand boys" in Scottish Towns. In 1857, the Dictionary actually uses the word "caddie" to describe a person who carries golf clubs. In the early 1800's, caddies were usually the best players because they were the only ones that actually made a living off of the game and were constantly surrounded by golf.
The following excerpt from "Carry your bag, sir?" by David Stirk illustrates this point quite clearly:
"On one occasion, a local caddie at St. Andrews was carrying for a visitor from North Berwick. In the course of the round the golfer asked the caddie if he had ever carried for any famous men. 'Lots of them', said the caddie, and went on to mention Mr. A.J. Balfour; Mr. Balfour was not only a very good amateur golfer but was, at that time, the Prime Minister.
The caddie said that he had carried for Mr. Balfour regularly, and had a very close acquaintance with him. The golfer, amused by the caddie's presumptuousness, asked him exactly what he meant by a 'close acquaintance.' 'Joost this', said the caddie, 'I am weering a pair o' Mr. Balfour's troosers!' "
Born on this day in 1934, Champagne Tony Lema. Between the fall of 1962 and mid 1966 Lema won 12 time on tour including the 1964 British Open at St' Andrews. A tremendous ballstriker who finally reigned in a temper that was holding him, by all accounts Lema was destined to carve out a place for himself among the legends of the game. But it was not to be.
On this day in 1952, Jack Burke Jr. won the Houston Open, his second win in two weeks. Jack won the tournament held at Memorial Park Golf Course with a final score of 277.
The week before, he set a record at the Texas Open shooting 260 (67, 65, 64, 64).