"Taking on the Giants" by Bill Case
Three hundred fifty eight by Brad Becken
Ross' famed Pinehurst no. 2 was the site of a number of famous matches raising money for the Red Cross after World War II. The matches pitted top amateurs against top professionals for a number of years. You can read Society member Bill Case's excellent article via this LINK. The article is a wonderful history of the matches and a nice reminder of the career of fine amateur Dick Chapman. Bill is a retired attorney, active golfer, and continues to write for the Pinehurst publication "PineStraw Magazine." The Society is thankful to both for the article.
Society member Brad Becken has completed playing three-hundred-fifty-eight, yes 358, of Ross' courses. The number is Brad's reckoning of those clearly known to have Ross heritage. Brad was knocking them off at a good pace for a number of years. He played quite a lot in the Carolinas and New England in the early period clipping off the clusters in "relatively" small areas. There was also a good assembly from Ohio to Illinois. Then trips began to include 2 or 3 hour drives between courses on long summer days to get in a quick 36 holes. The last few years have included trips to Iowa, Wisconsin, and Manitoba to check off just one or two on a long trip. Fueled by an uncanny ability to find donut shops, and his own innate and determined grit, sometimes accompanied by younger Society members Mark Larson or Jim Caruso, Brad has reached his goal of playing every Ross. Many suspect he will rest this fall and will play a bit more around home in North Carolina. Congratulations Brad!
Society members Cob Carlson and Kevin Mendik
Society members Cob Carlson and Kevin Mendik, along with Paul Murphy from Charles River provided a program about Donald Ross at the Newton Free Library on April 27. The library’s web site noted that “In this program, filmmaker Cob Carlson will use clips from his documentary, ‘Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend’, to describe Ross's emigration from Scotland to the U.S., his work in Massachusetts and his life on Beacon Street in Newton. Golf historians Kevin Mendik and Paul Murphy joined Carlson in telling how Ross’s extraordinary vision and legacy continue today.”
Society member Paul Dunn
Society member Paul Dunn's book "Great Donald Ross Courses Everyone Can Play: Resort, Public, and Semi-Private" has been published. It is a welcome update to Mr. Dunn's first edition. It is a great reference for touring the easily accessed Ross courses. The book was released in February 2017 just in time for planning your golf trips. Click on http://www.donaldrossgolfcourses.com to order a copy.
Society member Michael Beckerich
Michael Beckerich has published Chris Buie's book 'The Life and Times of Donald Ross.' Mr. Beckerich is publisher of Classics of Golf.
The book has received many good reviews. The book is available through the web site Classics of Golf and is sold for $75. However, Society members can receive a discount. Members should log into the web site and click on the MEMBERS tab and click on BOOKS. The article will provide a discount code when you order the book from their web site.
Society member Bill Case and PineStraw magazine
While Bill Case has retired from his legal career, he continues to write. He has now authored many fine golf articles for the Pinehurst magazine PineStraw. Courtesy of PineStraw and Bill, click on the link "Little Big Men" for his latest article about George Dunlap, Jr. winner of the 1933 US Amateur. Tufts Archives records were the backbone of Bill's well researched article and accompanying photographs. You will probably meet Bill at a future Society event or two.
Tufts Archives - Pinehurst
The DRS Foundation made a $10,000 donation to the Tufts Archives in April 2016. The membership continues to support the Tufts Archives efforts to collect, preserve, and disseminate the records and drawings of Donald J. Ross.
Ross course - Warm Springs Georgia
Thanks to the generous Society membership, the DRS Foundation made a $5,000 donation to Operation Double Eagle (The Warrior Alliance, Inc.) in February 2016. The donation will support the work by this non-profit veterans organization at the Ross course in Warm Springs.
Other notes of interest :
Ross and the Tufts in Pinehurst
Society member Bill Case has completed a second article about the relationship of Donald Ross to the Tufts. As the first, this draws upon the correspondence between the men and observations on the transition from Leonard to Richard Tufts assuming leadership at Pinehurst. This second article was also published in the Pine Straw, a local magazine in Southern Pines. You can read his second article via this link " Dear Mr. Ross " Bill's first installment is via this link Ross and Tufts from the Pine Straw magazine.