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Dick Chapman: Golfer Won 5 National Amateurs, Invented Format

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Richard "Dick" Chapman was an American amateur golf champion who was winning tournaments from the 1930s into the 1960s. He won national opens in five countries, and was the very first golfer to win the U.S., British and Canadian amateur championships. He also created a competition format, the Chapman System, that is still popular today.

Youngest and Oldest Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur

Who are the youngest and oldest golfers to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship? The oldest is one of the giants in the early history of women's golf. The youngest was only 14.

Who Tees Off First on the First Hole? (And Methods of Deciding)

On the second hole through the last hole of a round of golf, golfers traditionally tee off based on "honors" — the golfer with the best score on the preceding hold goes first, and golfers follow in the order of their finish on the preceding hole(s). But what about on the first hole — how is the order of play on the first hole determined? Who tees off first, second and so on?

Tallahassee Open, Former PGA Tour Tournament

The Tallahassee Open was a PGA Tour golf tournament played from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. It was typically played late in the schedule. It was named the Centel Open at the end, and the tournament was discontinued when that title sponsor dropped out.

The Fensomes Golf Format Explained

Fensomes, or Fensome, is the name of golf competition format that is a variation on alternate shot. Fensomes is for 2-person teams and can be played as match play (tournament bracket or just a way for a group of four golfers to pair off into teams and compete) or used for a stroke-play tournament.

LPGA Golfers Who Won 2 (or More) Majors in the Same Year

How many times has a golfer won two or more women's major championships in the same calendar year? It has happened quite a bit, especially in the first couple decades of the LPGA Tour's existence. The incidence has slowed down somewhat in recent decades, but there are still plenty of LPGA golfers pulling off a single-season major-double — a few have even won three in a year.

Joe Carr, Irish Amateur Golf Great

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Joe Carr is generally regarded as the greatest Irish amateur golfer of all-time. He won the British Amateur three times, the Irish Amateur four times. And he won around 35 other significant amateur championships. He was praised for his sportsmanship and his dedication to "the spirit of the game," and given awards for those very things by golf organizations around the world, including the USGA. A Walker Cup record-setter, he also captained the R&A.

Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic/Michelob Championship at Kingsmill

This PGA Tour golf tournament was played 36 times from the late 1960s into the early 2000s. It is probably best-remembered as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, the name under which it was most-often played. But the last name the tournament carried was Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

What Does the 'LIV' in 'LIV Golf' Mean?

LIV Golf burst onto the pro golf landscape in 2022, challenging the PGA Tour and creating controversy around the world. But what about that name: "LIV Golf"? What does the "LIV" stand for? And how is it pronounced?

Explaining the Golf Term 'Ladies Playday'

The term "ladies playday" refers to a tournament day for a golf course's women's golf association or other group of women golfers. When a women's golf association has a regular game — say, a 9-hole twilight tournament every other Tuesday — that is called a "ladies playday."

Golfers With the Most PGA Tour Wins in Back-to-Back Years

Which golfers, in PGA Tour history, won the most tournaments in consecutive seasons? We're talking about cumulative wins over two PGA Tour seasons in a row. There have been seven times in tour history when a golfer won at least 17 tournaments over two years, and four golfers account for all seven.

Henry Ciuci: Golfer Won on PGA Tour in 1920s, 1930s

Henri Ciuci was a professional golfer from his teens, both a touring pro and a club pro. Always associated with New York, Ciuci won several tournaments on the PGA Tour in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The Island Green in Golf: What It Is, Where to Find Them

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"Island green" is a term golfers use for a putting green that is surrounded by water. Island greens are not common in golf course design, but they are more common than they used to be. The reason is the popularity — the notoriety — of the island green at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship.