Monday, June 29
The Tour Era of Bright Blue Bunkers
(Courtesy of SI Vault)
THE YEAR WAS 1969. It was the era of the space program and first moon walk, The Jackson Five with 10-year-old Michael Jackson as front man-child, Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War, and powdery blue bunkers on the PGA Tour. No, really. Just take a look at the cover of the February 17, 1969, issue of Sports Illustrated.
That’s Bob Lunn demonstrating “Golf’s Brash New Look,” following through on an explosion shot from bright blue sand in that year-round golf oasis, Palm Springs.
They played out of blue bunkers at the Bob Hope Desert Classic in the late Sixties. It was a novelty in an age when novelties were normal. Blue bunkers were actually kind of tame in those psychedelic times.
Not buying it? OK, I made up the part about the Hope.
(But I’m still trying to figure out the photo. There was no Photoshop 40 years ago.)
Vince Spence recently posted the above SI cover and mentioned Bob Lunn at his entertaining blog, One-Eyed Golfer. Bob Lunn. Now there’s a name I hadn’t heard in a while.
Never heard of Lunn? He was a big guy, 6’2”, 190 lbs., who won six times on the PGA Tour, sort of a 1960s version of Chad Campbell in terms of wins and talent. Lunn once won back-to-back events and finished third in the 1970 U.S. Open. In 1968, he won more than $100,000 on the PGA Tour. That was big, brash money in those days.
And, as shown, Lunn made the cover of Sports Illustrated, so he was definitely a player.
−The Armchair Golfer