Friday, January 10

Friday Photo: Gene Sarazen at Wollaston Golf Club

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. (Flickr Creative Commons)

HERE IS GENE SARAZEN practicing at Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, Massachusetts.

Nicknamed "The Squire," Sarazen was affiliated with the Lakeville Golf and Country Club on Long Island at the time, circa 1930. The course no longer exists.

Sarazen was self-taught and an innovator. He used an interlocking grip (uncommon then) and invented the modern sand wedge, which he debuted at the 1932 British Open. Thanks in part to "the shot heard 'round the world," immortalized by sports writer Grantland Rice, Sarazen won the 1935 Masters. Winner of 39 PGA Tour titles, including seven majors, Sarazen was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Friday Photo: Bobby Jones at Oyster Harbors

1 comment:

Oneunder said...

The Masters and The Sand Wedge will link Jones, Sarazen and Horton Smith together for eternity.