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GOLF Sports Timeline History, Rules, Courses, Equipment, Tournaments, Champions

History
1st yr
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Equipment
1st yr
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Competitions
1st yr
"chole" pre golf hockey in Flanders
1354
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set of clubs
1502
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publicized golf match
1724
"chole" taken to Scotland
1421
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featherie ball
1618
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open championship
1744
"gowf" banned in Scotland
1457
.
licenced golf ball
1642
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club championship - Leith
1764
"gowf" ban lifted
1502
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caddie
1682
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1800
"golf" now in England
1513
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The Goff book
1743
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womens' competition
10
golf now in America
1659
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perpetual trophy
1744
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amateur championship
59
stroke play
1759
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rule book
1754
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pro championship
60
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18 hole course
1764
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pro + amateur championship
61
Golf Expansion
1st yr
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1st > 100
1767
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University match
78
Leith - Edinburgh
1457
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clubhouse - Leith
1768
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gate admission
92
St Andrews - Scotland
1552
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golf pro
1774
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ladies amateur championship
93
Blackheath - London
1766
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greenkeeper
1774
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US Amateur
95
South Carolina - Charleston
1786
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golf club uniform
1788
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US Open
95
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1800
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1800
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US Women's Amateur
95
India - Bangalore
10
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hickory shaft
26
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NCAA championship
97
Royal Perth
33
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guttie ball
48
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1900
Royal St Andrews
34
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instruction book
57
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Olympic Games - Paris
00
Ireland - Curragh
56
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1st > 80
58
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Amateur Team
02
Ladies - St Andrews
67
.
"bogey" - golf score
90
.
Olympic Games - St Louis
04
Australia - Adelaide
70
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rubber core ball
90
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Olympic golf Ends
04
South Africa - Royal Cape
85
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US - Golf Magazine
97
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US vs British women
05
Olympic Games - Paris
1900
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Haskell ball
98
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US vs French Pros
13
Japan - Tokyo
1914
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"birdie" - golf score
98
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US PGA championship
16
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1900
.
Walker Cup
22
Rules
1st yr
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grooved-faced iron
02
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prize purse $10,000
26
rule book
1754
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Dimpled ball
04
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Ryder Cup
27
R & A - Britain
.
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center shafted putter
04
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Corporate Sponsor
33
play it "as it lies"
1856
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Vardon overlapping grip
05
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Masters
34
USGA
1894
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Pneumatic ball
05
.
PGA Tour
34
pool cue putter banned
1895
.
female Pro
08
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Masters radio
35
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1900
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Steel Shafts
10
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Bing Crosby Pro-Am
37
PGA - British Isles
01
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practice range
20
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US Open TV
46
PGA - America
16
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fairway irrigation
25
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All Star Golf TV show
54
ball size & weight limits
21
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bentgrass greens
27
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World Cup
66
USGA 14 club rule
38
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sand wedge
32
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Tournament Players
74
LPGA
50
.
PGA merchandise show
54
.
"sudden-death" playoff
77
R & A + USGA rules merge
51
.
cast metal irons
63
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Legends of Golf
78
PGA admits Blacks
61
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2 piece Top-Flite ball
72
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Ryders adds Europeans
79
PGA Qualifying School
65
.
graphite shaft
73
.
PGA Seniors Tour
80
World Golf Hall of Fame
74
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Metal Woods
79
.
Gold Channel TV
93
USGA ball distance std
76
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Oversized Woods
91
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USGA ball symetry std
80
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Slope handicap system
85
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Champions
1st yr
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1800
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Tom Morris age17
69
Golf Courses - USA
1st yr
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-course Architects
.
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Tom Morris age24 dies
75
.
1800
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1900
Oakhurst - White Sulphur Spr.
84
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Walter Hagen
22
Foxburg - PN
87
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Bobby Jones
26
Shinnecock - NY
91
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Gene Sarazen
32
1st 18 hole - Chicago - IL
93
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Byron Nelson
39
1st public - Van Cortlandt - NY
95
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Sam Snead
46
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1900
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Patty Berg
46
Pinehurst - NC
01
.
-Donald Ross
.
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"Babe" Zaharias
47
Oakmont - PA
02
.
-Harry Fownes - "penal style"
.
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Ben Hogan
48
Miniature - NC
16
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Arnold Palmer
58
Pebble Beach - CA
19
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Gary Player
59
Pine Valley - NJ
22
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-A.W. Tillinghast
.
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Jack Nicklaus
62
Winged Foot - NY
23
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-Alister MacKenzie Bobby Jones
.
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Lee Trevino
71
Agusta National - GA
33
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-Robert Trent Jones
.
.
Nancy Lopez
78
Baltusrol - NJ
54
.
-Pete Dye Jack Nicklaus
.
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John Daly
91
Harbour Town - SC
69
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V J Singh
91
Alan Shepard - the Moon
71
.
-Jack Nicklaus
.
.
Tiger Woods
97
Muirfield - OH
72
.
-Pete Dye "stadium style"
.
.
Annika Sorenstam
2001
TPC Sawgrass -
81
.
-Jack Nicklaus "target golf style"
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Desert Highlands - AZ
84
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-Tom Watson "links style"
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Links Spanish Bay -
87
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Courses
1st yr
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Architects
1st yr
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Players
1st yr
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