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Fore! Today is the Anniversary of the Golf Tee

Fore! Today in the Anniversary of the Golf Tee

On this day in 1899, the first golf tee was patented.

When golf was first invented, tees were not part of the game.  To hit the ball, players would build a small mound of dirt or sand and balance the ball on top of it.  African American dentist, Harvard professor, and avid golfer George F, Grant found this method of teeing up the ball inconsistent and tiresome.  To remedy the situation, Grant created the wooden golf tee which was officially patented on December 12th, 1899.  Interestingly, Grant chose not to market his invention and, while he gave a few to his friends and playing partners, his invention seemingly died with him in 1910.

The very first patent for this kind of tee is dated 1889, and was issued to Scotsmen William Bloxsom and Arthur Douglas.  The first known tee to pierce the ground was a rubber-topped peg sold commercially as the Perfectum.  This was patented in 1892 by Percy Ellis of England.  Then in 1899, Dr. Grant obtained a patent for an “improved golf tee.”  This tee consisted of a wood cone with a rubber sleeve to support the ball.

To celebrate this anniversary of the first patented golf tee, let’s all enjoy these interesting facts about the game of golf.

1) The term “caddy” comes from the French word “cadet” which means youngest child.

2) A golf ball will travel further on a hot day because the air is less dense and therefore requires less force to travel through the air.

3) The first golf balls were made of leather and chicken or goose feathers.  One ball would cost between $10 and $20.

4) Golf is one of the only sports to ever be played on the moon.  The other sport was the javelin throw.

5) There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

6) A typical golf course consists of 18 holes.

7) The most famous left-handed golfer is actually naturally right handed.  When he was first learning to play, Phil Mickelson mirrored his fathers left-handed swing and was so successful he never looked back.

8) The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru.  Even at its lowest point it is 14,335 feet above sea level.

9) Apparently, actor Samuel L. Jackson is such a huge fan of golf that he has a special clause in all his movie contracts that allows him to play golf twice a week while filming.

10) Your chances of hitting two holes-in-one is about 1 in 67 million.  This means you are far more likely to die by accidental poisoning (1 in 139) or get struck by lightning (1 in 3,000) than to ever accomplish this feat.

11) The word tee is derived from the Scottish Gaelic word taigh, meaning house and is related to the house (the coloured circles) in curling.

We at the at The Maria Sanchez Show invite you to join us as we honor the anniversary of the golf tee.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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