Friday, December 26

Ulysses S. Grant Earns Final Spot in PGC Field

ULYSSES S. GRANT WILL ROUND OUT the field of 16 in the first annual Presidents Golf Championship (PGC) that will be played at Augusta National Golf Club beginning in early January.

The other 15 competitors are all golfing presidents who were recently ranked in a Golf Digest article.

Grant’s at-large selection was based on the recommendation of guest PGC golf analyst Don Van Natta.

“As I write in First Off the Tee, Grant was the first president to actually hold a golf club in his hands,” Don said in an email. “He took a few practice swings, never made contact with the ball and declared the game a folly not worthy of his time.”

That shouldn't be a problem since Grant, the No. 16 seed, faces top seed John F. Kennedy in the first round. (Special thanks to those who suggested other presidents for the 16th spot, including Andrew Jackson.)

Next week ARMCHAIR GOLF will profile the field and first-round matches.

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−The Armchair Golfer

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4 comments :

Ted said...

I question the ranking of Clinton so high. Having been there and hearing the stories, I think Grant could beat him - if the true rules of golf were enforced and no Billigains.

Bobbio said...

Using handicaps?

The Armchair Golfer said...

Ted: I've heard that, to put it bluntly, Bill was a cheat. But apparently Grant has never made contact with a golf ball, so I'd say he'd be an underdog, even to Clinton.

They're going to play straight up, Bobbio. No strokes.

Ted said...

I still take General Grant - straight up, unless I can get the Clinton Foundation to make a donation....