The Bogeyville Blogger is an avid collector of fine golf art, memorabilia and artifacts.

A divot off the blade of a five-time Major champion and a cigarette butt off the lips of a U.S. Open contender are among those keepsakes that some sophisticates might not treasure.

Years ago, I snatched up a Phil Mickelson divot on the fifth hole of ESPN’s Par 3 Shootout at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI, and hours later presented the patch of grass to a female acquaintance as the ultimate romantic gesture.

She planted the divot in her yard where it flourished and bloomed, while her interest in me died in a shroud of gloom. Since then, your Bogeyville Blogger has refreshed his views on what women think qualifies as romantic. Flowers rank No. 1 on the charts and No. 1 in their hearts. Divots? Not on anyone’s chart-busting Hot 100 acts of romance.

The cigarette butt? Discarded by Taiwan’s T.C. Chen during his final-round crash at the 1985 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills. Chen led the Open by four shots when he played the 457-yard par 4 fifth hole. He took a quadruple bogey 8 there, highlighted by one of the most famous mistakes in U.S. Open history, a double-hit chip shot from the rough near the green.

When Chen tossed his cigarette butt to the ground in disgust, the Bogeyville Blogger swooped over to pick it up. I gifted the butt to a buddy, and it ended up encased in a display of honor at a sports bar in Maryland.

Haven’t heard much from Chen since. I think I saw him in a televised Champions Tour event a few years back. My guess is there have been more sightings of his cigarette butt at that sports bar than T.C. Chen playing golf in recent years.

GolfScript: BTW, Chen rallied from the disaster on No. 5 to finish tied for second at the ‘85 U.S. Open, just one shot behind winner Andy North.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
 
I knew I would see the greatest women golfers in the world at the 2014 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., but I never dreamed I would touch the hand of women’s golf history.

It happened when I stopped by the renowned Old Sport & Gallery art shop to look up Tom Stewart.

A life member of the PGA of America, Stewart was a well-known club pro in Michigan before opening the Old Sport & Gallery some 20 years ago in this quaint village that nestles next to the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course, site of this year’s men’s and women’s U.S. Opens.

It was in Stewart’s wondrous shop that I met Catherine Lacoste, the only amateur ever to win the U.S. Women’s Open championship, a fete she accomplished in 1967 in Hot Springs, Va.

Lacoste was in town to attend a gala honoring past U.S. Open champions the next night and to watch the most prestigious championship in women’s golf.

I had the good fortune to chat with her for a few minutes at the Old Sport & Gallery, where she graciously posed for a picture with me (above) and autographed the book, “1967-1969 Catherine Lacoste’s Slam” that details her triumphs in the 1967 U.S. Open and the 1969 U.S. Amateur and British Ladies Amateur championships.

Her parents reached their own legendary athletic status in the 1920s. Rene “The Crocodile” Lacoste was a renowned French tennis champion, while her mother, Simone Thion de la Chaume, became one of the great women golfers in the same era. Together, they created the Lacoste clothing line with its crocodile logo, one of the respected luxury labels in the world.

Catherine Lacoste’s U.S. Open victory came on July 2, her father’s birthday. Her British Ladies Amateur title two years later is the same championship her mother won in 1927.

GolfScript: Tom Stewart’s Old Sport & Gallery in Pinehurst, N.C., is one of the largest stores in the world specializing in golf art. Part art gallery, bookstore and memorabilia museum, Old Sport is located a couple hundred yards from the first tee of the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course. Check out the website at
www.oldsportgallery.com.