Friday, December 11

PGATour.com: '100 Years of Sinatra: The Golf Connection'

TOMORROW MARKS 100 YEARS SINCE legendary singer Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sinatra loved golf and even hosted a PGA Tour event at Canyon Club in Palm Springs. The Sinatra Invitational was played in November 1963. Frank Beard won the tournament, the first of 11 career victories.

Mike McAllister penned Sinatra's history in golf at PGATour.com. A snippet:
Frank Sinatra wasn't a great golfer. Some references had him at a 24 handicap. The late Bob Rosburg, the former TOUR pro turned TV analyst, told Golf magazine that Sinatra "liked to be good at everything, and he was not a great player." 
His personal valet, George Jacobs, also told the magazine that Sinatra could "hit it pretty well off the tee but that was about it. He would hack it around, having fun, you know?" 
Having fun, especially as the leader of the Rat Pack, would seem very Sinatra-like.
Below is a video of a Sinatra charity tournament in Palm Springs. It includes an interview with Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. and glimpses of other Hollywood luminaries such as Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Jill St. John and Robert Wagner.

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