USGA Museum Fact Sheet

By Associated PressJune 2, 2008, 4:00 pm
USGATuesday June 3, the United States Golf Associateion re-opens its USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History. Here is the USGA Museum fact sheet:

United States Golf Association Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History
The USGA Museum, located adjacent to USGA headquarters, has been renovated and expanded. The original Museum building was completed in 1919 and designed by noted American architect John Russell Pope. The renovated building features the Ben Hogan Room and Bob Jones Room, together with the addition of a new Arnold Palmer Room.

The expansion encompasses the new 16,000-square-foot Palmer Center, which comprises more than 5,000 square feet of public exhibition galleries, a new research room to facilitate access to the collections, and state-of-the-art storage areas that provide the proper climate and security for the long-term care of historical artifacts.
Palmer Center
The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History houses a collection of the nations most significant golf artifacts and documents, including hundreds of items never before displayed by the USGA. The new exhibitions in the Palmer Center present the games history in a unique and original way, placing it within the context of American social, cultural, and political history.

The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History was so named to honor the enduring connection that Arnold Palmer represents between the game and the people who play and love the game. Never before has a USGA building been dedicated to a single individual.
USGA Museum
The renovated USGA Museum features offices, meeting rooms, and galleries devoted to Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer, chronicling each mans accomplishments on and off the course. It continues to serve as the main entrance for visitors.
The Hall of Champions celebrates every USGA champion and championship. The rotunda, illuminated by a clerestory, houses all 13 USGA championship trophies, while the name of each champion is inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the hall. The rooms quiet elegance allow visitors to reflect on the grandeur of USGA championship history. Also available throughout the main exhibition gallery are kiosks presenting a newly developed USGA championship database, allowing visitors to search every championship by player, date, and host site.
Permanent galleries in the Palmer Center revolve around six iconic moments pivotal to understanding the development of golf in America. These moments include:
  • Francis Ouimets historic victory in the 1913 U.S. Open
  • Bob Joness Grand Slam achievement in 1930
  • The Great Depression and the democratization of golf
  • The heroic comebacks of Ben Hogan in the 1950 U.S. Open and Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    in the 1954 U.S. Womens Open
  • The rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Opens
  • Tiger Woods, the 2000 U.S. Open, and the emergence of a global game
    The exhibitions in the new USGA Museum showcase more than 2,000 artifacts, more than twice the number on display in the old facility. The new facility displays many artifacts that have never been displayed before, representing the best of the collection.

    During the three-year period the Museum was closed, the staff had an opportunity to closely examine each collection and select artifacts that best tell the USGA story. As a result, every part of the collection is represented. Historical documents, books, scrapbooks, photographs, film footage, clothing, clubs, balls, cigarette cards, posters, medals, and trophies are all integrated into the new displays.

    Throughout the galleries, the Museums world-class collection is featured, including the clubs used by Francis Ouimet in the 1913 U.S. Open; Bob Joness famous putter, Calamity Jane II; Ben Hogans 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open; and artifacts from Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam, and many other stars of todays game.

    Prior to being placed on display, many of the artifacts and documents were sent to conservation labs to be restored and properly treated.
    Multimedia Exhibits
    The visitor experience is enhanced by a series of video presentations and interactive database, including:
    Introductory Film: A seven-minute introductory film brings visitors into the world of USGA Championships, exploring the significance and challenge of the game at its highest level. The presentation is intended to inspire visitors and prepare them to experience the Hall of Champions and the main exhibition galleries.
    Video presentations: Each gallery features a narrated and produced video segment to accompany the central story. These five-minute films discuss the iconic moments in greater detail, placing them in their proper historical context.
    Championship Database: A database of records from every USGA championship is available at kiosks located throughout the exhibition galleries. Visitors can search every championship by player, host site, and date. Narratives, scores, and photographs from every championship since 1895 are included.
    Video Jukeboxes: The Bob Jones Room and Arnold Palmer Room each feature a jukebox of video clips showing highlights from their careers both on and off the course. Visitors make selections from a touch-screen menu.
    Arnold Palmer Portrait Interactive: Gratitude, a unique portrait by California artist James David Chase, is the focus of the Arnold Palmer Room. This remarkable image comprises more than 22,000 words said by or about Arnold Palmer. A touch-screen database allows visitors to explore the portrait in a variety of ways, as well as learn how the work was created.
    Research Center
    A new Research Center creates an opportunity for visitors to view, study, and examine items from the collections in one area, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to the study of golf history.
    The Research Centers world-class holdings includes a library, photographic collection, film and video collection, and artifact collection. The collections document golf history and the USGAs role as the sports governing authority in the United States, its territories, and Mexico.
    Putting Course
    Visitors to the Museum have a unique opportunity to engage in an entertaining, participatory golf experience on a large putting green located behind the Museum. The putting green, inspired by the Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews, allows visitors to putt with replica antique clubs and balls, as well as modern equipment. Like the Himalayas at St. Andrews, this 16,000-square-foot green includes sizeable humps and swales designed to make the experience challenging and entertaining, as well as educational.

    The Putting Course is scheduled to open in September 2008. Thereafter, it will be open during Museum hours from early April to late October.
    On the grounds of the United States Golf Association headquarters;
    77 Liberty Corner Road in Far Hills, N.J.
    Hours of Operation
    Tuesday to Sunday ' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Closed Monday and major holidays
    Research Center open weekdays; appointments encouraged:
    Adults - $7
    USGA Members - $5
    Group Rate (10 or more) - $5
    Children (13 to 17 years) - $3.50
    Children (under 12) - Free
    Square Footage
    The historic John Russell Pope House and the Palmer Center encompass more than 33,000 square feet.
    Project Budget
    $19.7 million
    Key Staff
    Dr. Rand Jerris, Director, USGA Museum
    Doug Stark, Curator of Education and Outreach
    Nancy Stulack, Librarian
    Rosemary Maravetz, Collections Manager
    Shannon Doody, Film and Video Archivist
    Ellie Kaiser, Photo Archivist
    Telephone (908) 234-2300
    Fax (980) 470-5013
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  • USGA Museum Re-Opening
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    Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

    After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone.

    Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    “The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

    Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

    Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

    His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

    “When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is the gold standard,” said NBC lead golf producer Tommy Roy. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA Tour’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

    Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

    Born and raised in San Francisco, Miller now lives in Utah with his wife, Linda, and annually serves as tournament host of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

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    Randall's Rant: Tiger vs. Phil feels like a ripoff

    By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Usually, you have to buy something before you feel like you were ripped off.

    The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

    Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

    Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

    He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

    There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

    In Mickelson’s eagerness to create some excitement, he hinted back during The Players in May about the possibility of a big-money, head-to-head match with Woods. A couple months later, he leaked more details, before it was ready to be fully announced.

    So while there was an initial buzz over news of the Thanksgiving weekend matchup, the original pitch set up a real buzzkill when it was later announced that you were only going to get to see it live on pay-per-view.

    The news landed with a thud but no price tag. We’re still waiting to see what it’s going to cost when these two meet at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but anything that feels even slightly inflated now is going to further dampen the original enthusiasm Mickelson created.

    Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

    When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

    Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.

    Now there’s a larger insult to the common fan, who can’t help but feel he isn’t worthy or important enough to gain admittance.

    Sorry, but that’s how news of a closed gate landed on the heels of the pay-per-view news.

    “The Match” was never going to be meaningful golf in any historical sense.

    This matchup was never going to rekindle the magic Tiger vs. Phil brought in their epic Duel at Doral in ’05.

    The $9 million was never going to buy the legitimacy a major championship or PGA Tour Sunday clash could bring.

    It was never going to be more than an exhibition, with no lingering historical significance, but that was OK as quasi silly-season fare on TV on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23), the traditional weekend of the old Skins Game.

    “The Match” still has a chance to be meaningful, but first and foremost as entertainment, not real competition. That’s what this was always going to be about, but now the bar is raised.

    Pay per view does that.

    “You get what you pay for” is an adage that doesn’t apply to free (or already-paid for) TV. It does to pay per view. Expectations go way up when you aren’t just channel surfing to a telecast. So the higher the price tag they end up putting on this showdown, the more entertaining this has to be.

    If Phil brings his “A-Game” to his trash talking, and if Tiger can bring some clever repartee, this can still be fun. If the prerecorded segments wedged between shots are insightful, even meaningful in their ability to make us understand these players in ways we didn’t before, this will be worthwhile.

    Ultimately, “The Match” is a success if it leaves folks who paid to see it feeling as if they weren’t as ripped off as the people who refused to pay for it. That’s the handicap a history of free golf on TV brings. Welcome to pay-per-view, Tiger and Phil.

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    Trial date set for drifter charged with killing Barquin Arozamena

    By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

    AMES, Iowa – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain.

    District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

    Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday.

    Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds.

    Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

    LeBron's son tries golf, and he might be good at everything

    By Grill Room TeamOctober 15, 2018, 5:36 pm

    LeBron James' son seems well on his way to a successful basketball career of his own. To wit:

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    Finally got it down lol

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    But with just a little work, he could pass on trying to surpass his father and try to take on Tiger and Jack, instead.

    Bronny posted this video to Instagram of him in sandals whacking balls off a mat atop a deck into a large body of water, which is the golfer's definition of living your best life.

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    How far, maybe 400 #happygilmore

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    If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.