Golf Trivia

Female golfers at the 1900 Paris Olympics (Image via NationalGeographic.com)

 

Many people believe that golf is a sport only for the rich, but they are wrong! Golf is a sport for everyone. It is a physical sport, but it doesn’t solely rely on an athlete’s power and strength; golf is unique because it is also a sport that requires the player to have a sense of calm and focus.

Here are a few tidbits of golf trivia sure to impress your friends:

  • Did you know golf was the first sport to be played in outer space? It happened on February 6, 1971, when Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon!
  • In 1618, a golf ball composed of a thin, leather bag stuffed with feathers was introduced and was called a “Featherie”. It definitely makes you wonder how that design concept worked out!
  • In 1900 and 1904 golf was an official sport of the Olympic Games. There was even an event specifically focused on putting. During that time, golf was incredibly popular, with the most participants in the entire Olympics. In 2009, golf was voted back on the Olympic program for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janiero.
  • During the 1900 Paris games, Golf was the first Olympic sport that women were allowed to participate in. During this historical 9-hole golf tournament, American golfer Margaret Abbott took first place with a score of 47.
  • “Zero” is the term used for a scratch golfer’s handicap.
  • The rules of golf site “honors” as a way to determine the order of play. Hence, the first player to hit from the tee box is called “The Honor”.
  • Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are two American golfers that led the PGA in earnings for three seasons each during the 1960s.
  • The Grand Slam golf tournament that has the most club housers sipping mint juleps is none other than The Masters.
  • The Masters Golf tournament is the competition where Arnold Palmer famously said, “As long as I can walk, I’ll play”.
  • Golf legend Tom Watson is six-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year award. Tiger Woods has received this award a record seven times throughout his career.
  • Despite winning six majors in his super successful career, The Masters tournament is the only reason why Lee Trevino never achieved the coveted Grand Slam (winning all of golf’s major championships in the same calendar year).
  • Nick Price is the most successful Zimbabwean golfer of all time.
  • The first Swedish golfer to win the Women’s Open two straight times is Annika Sorenstam.
  • A golfer must play ten rounds to be eligible for handicap.
  • Phil Mickelson is the first golfer since Jack Nicklaus to win eight PGA events during his first six years on tour.
  • Isao Aoki is the only Japanese golfer that has won on the PGA tour and PGA Senior tour, as well as the Japanese, European and Australian tours.
  • Nancy Lopez won nine tournaments during her 1978 rookie year on the LPGA Tour.
  • Tom Watson played 87 straight Grand Slam tournaments until he got a shoulder injury that hindered him from playing in the 1996 British Open. He ended his nine years of final round frustration by winning the Memorial Tournament in 1996.

Do you know of any more interesting golf trivia? Share your golf knowledge in the comments section below!

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