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Apr182013

Ken Schofield's "Priceless" Ryder Cup Sweaters, Monty's Olympic Torch Readied For Spine-Tingling World Golf Hall Of Fame Exhibit

Gosh I hope that Olympic torch doesn't combust Ken Schofield's Ryder Cup sweaters.

Seriously...

You can tell a lot about the worthiness of a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee by what will be going on display for them. Note former European Tour head and cronyism selection of the year (decade?) Ken Schofield bringing up the rear of this class.

For Immediate Release:

Priceless items highlight World Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 Inductee Exhibits Displays for Couples, Montgomerie, Park, Schofield, Venturi to open May 7
 
St. Augustine, Fla. (April 18, 2013) – Fred Couples’ trophy from the 1992 Masters, the original medal from Willie Park, Jr.’s victory at the 1887 Open Championship and Colin Montgomerie’s Olympic Torch from the 2012 Summer Games are some of the items that will be on display in the Class of 2013 Inductee Exhibits at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum.

The exhibits and lockers celebrating the careers of Couples, Montgomerie, Park, Ken Schofield and Ken Venturi will officially open to the public on May 7, one day after the Hall of Fame’s annual Induction Ceremony. The Ceremony will be Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

“Telling the unique stories of our members is an essential part of the Hall of Fame’s mission, and these remarkable items allow us to do that,” said Jack Peter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We are delighted that the Class of 2013 and those associated with it opened their homes and collections and gave us the opportunity to display this important memorabilia.”  

Featured items include:

Fred Couples

Trophy, wood driver and irons from his victory at the 1992 Masters
Bag, clubs and clothing from his multiple Presidents Cup triumphs
Three trophies he won as a junior player in Washington in the 1970s

Ken Venturi

Crystal replica of the U.S. Open trophy after he won in 1964
Clubs he used in the 1960s to win 10 PGA TOUR events
Memorabilia, including his jacket and photographs, from his time as a CBS broadcaster

Colin Montgomerie

The Olympic Torch he carried as one of the torchbearers for the 2012 Summer Games in London

And what about the XXL track suit he wore? Sorry, go on...

Commemorative trophy celebrating all eight of his European Tour Merit of Order victories
Bag and equipment from the 2010 Ryder Cup, where he captained Team Europe to a victory at Celtic Manor

He had equipment in the bag? Just in case GMac overslept Sunday?

Willie Park, Jr.

Original, inscribed winner’s medal from the 1887 Open Championship
What is believed to be one of six remaining “Park Royal” gutta-percha golf balls, circa 1896, created by Park
Original clubs Park built and used to play in the 1880s

Now that's an exhibit everyone wants to see.

Ken Schofield

Various memorabilia from Ryder Cups in the 1980s, including clothing and photographs
Lifetime achievement award given by the BBC
Groundbreaking contract agreements between the European Tour, sponsors and tournaments

Goose bumps!

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Unless the halls of fame were to be limited to players only-a fair point- then I think Ken fully deserves his place as one of the most influential men in world golf.He- with huge help from Seve-completely dragged the Euro tour up by its bootlaces.I look forward to being shot down in flames!!!
04.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Not by me, chico -- even though I have referred to Schofield as "the Black Prince" among many worse epithets for years. But although his venality on behalf of the ET used to leave me breathless, and frequently with a taste of brimstone in my mouth, I have to admit that that was his job (or most of it was). He dragged the old GB&I Tour forward -- as you say, much helped by Seve ,whose portrait he ought to have had at his bedside to genuflect to nightly (and cover with purple during Lent).

Some of his ideas were pretty visionary -- China, anyone? Just taking the Tour international, as most of Europe was no Florida for months on end (and his gratitude to Spain was not so great as to let too much power gravitate to Iberia, which in the early days could not have provided sufficient Tour-quality courses to fill the winter block of the season anyway).

When he took over, there were 17 events a year. When he retired there were 45. Not counting the Challenge and European Senior Tours, which he founded. He went from having a total purse of under half a million pounds to administer to over 85 million. Pounds. Small beer, perhaps, compared to the fat American purses, but look at the economics of the Tour, which comprises international membership by a lot of small and then golf-deprived countries.

I suspect some of his methods, particularly when it comes to sticking his (the Tour's) oar into the Ryder Cup, will never make him eligible for the Saintly Hall of Fame. But they make him at least as qualified as Fred Couples for that dubious disneyland of golf, the "World" Golf Hall of Fame. Oh, and he never sat on officials to ignore slow play -- Paramor was hired on his watch. (And his hand-picked successor has spoken out in support of the R&A and USGA on the anchoring ban).

In his Machiavellian way, he advanced world golf enormously throughout the world. Co-sanctioned events opened up enormous possibilities for golfers from previously unacknowledged sources to play with tougher competition, and, if they won, to join them on the Tour. Nothing saintly about this, either -- aside from offering his players close to yuear-round employment, the revenue stream was greatly enhanced. But ain't that business? A win-win for all partners? (But more of that in operationsl like Enron and Fannie Mae and we might not all be in the mucky situation we have been in since some of the wall came tumbling down...).

I take exception to any objection to this sort of appointment to this meretricious and debased institution (which ought to be cancelled and started again from scratch) when its membership includes George Bush. I never had much time for the HOF as constituted, but that pretty well did it for me. Schofiled, and Willie Park Jr. (finally!), out of this year's inductees, go furthest in starting to restore some balance.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ghillie, don't get me started on Ken Schofield ... just don't!!!
This is what happens when history becomes viewed as less important. By some. When impact and good deeds take a back seat to popularity. Too many wait as dust while the less deserving get a locker. Willie Park, Jr. deserved better company.

Fred's Masters trophy & clubs, but not the ball that stayed on the bank at No.12? Hmm.....must have turned back to a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Do they have to induct people every year? The great are being diluted by also-rans.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Fanbelt
When Sky got the Ryder Cup the BBC wanted to cover 4 events plus the Open.That was out of 46 events on tour.Sky offered to cover all events and even offered for a period to underwrite an event if the sponsor withdrew.Do you think Schofield would have lasted 3 seconds in his job once the players found out he had turned that offer down?!Dont blame Schofield for the Ryder Cup-blame the BBC for their antipathy towards televised sport.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
I went to the WGHOF last month. I was disappointed, i thought there would be more about the history of golf.

The major part of the ground floor was an exhibit about Bob Hope.

I was there with a non-golfoing friend of mine. I told him I was going to be searching for any documentation of why George H.W.Bush was in there. I said "he has no business being in here", an elderly lady next to me said "he had no business being president".
I don't want to get into a political debate but it did make me chuckle.

I agree with Chico and Ghillie's comments above; if non-players are going to be in the WGHOF then Ken Schofield absolutely be in there.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
I got no dog in this hunt, and was unaware of all the background provided here. Starting over wold not be a bad way to go, but if it is about it ''all'' then I have no problem with Ken being represented.

The history of 41 is that he never was in a job for as long as a year, always had others ''testify'' if it was needed, simply lobbied to climb the ladder, and changed positions to suit the wind's direction. While 43 gets justifiably slammed, 41 was a criminal, and simply dishonest. Many books are now available, written from both sides of the aisle, and the consensus is pretty much the same; his ''watch, actually going back into the second term of RR was self serving, and using the poor judgement of Carter concerning banking and interest, and the feel good credit card service of RR, Bush simply lied us into a war ( look up the truth about ''babies yanked from incubators) that set us on a course of terrible spending that we are going to be blessed to ever escape from.

41 probably deserves to be in the WGHOF more than he ever deserves to have any credit as a public servant. At least he did not make golf worse, and the same cannot be said for his effect on the country and the world.

Sorry, but I have read a lot about this family, having done work for 43 and having seen first hand his ''abilities''.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
"At least he did not make golf worse..."

There, in a phrase, is what is wrong with this Flahridah Disneygolf Hall of Fame. It's McGolf writ small. As an institurion it is beneath contempt.
04.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
digsouth,

Should the fact that GHWB enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942, not long after Pearl Harbor, becoming at one time the youngest aviator in the force and serving out his position until the 1945 end of the war be considered as holding a position for more than one year?
04.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
I am referring to his political career; his having been appointed,from the early days, thru Nixon,Ford, GOP, etc etc.

He was VP for more than a year, and POTUS , and as you said , in the military as well, both for more than a year.

His road to VP was almost comic, when you read the details: his time in China, his ''head of the CIA'', and I could go on.

Regardless of any prior activity,, it was his deliberate lies about the Iraq-Kuwait situation that repulsed me. Remember, this man is a major player in a holding company of war making companies, a partnership at one time with the Bin Ladin family.

Evil exists, and evil people are not limited to non-Americans. The history of the Bush family, their partnering in financing Germany when you know who was in power is well documented. 41's climbing the ladder is well documented.

If you want to give him a pass becauae he was in WW2, certainly that is your option. I believe that his disservice to America and the world when he became a man of power is far more important to the overall view of the man.

I am not a democrat. I have scathing reviews of several Dems. I have personally known Texas Governors, US Congressmen and Senators, and a few other politicians, and have done work for many. I invite anyone to volunteer to work at a campaign office for a couple of weeks or a month, and it will become apparent *very quickly* what is wrong with our government. Anything I say will just be taken as my opinion. What you see first hand will leave a lasting impression.
04.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I won't be able to take the WGHOF seriously until HJ Whigham is in. Few if any men have had a greater impact at higher levels of the game that Whigham.

The WGHOF should be remained the Pro Golf HOF - because that's what it essentially is.
04.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShivas

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