Monday, March 9, 2009
(Photo courtesy of Ron Watts Private Collection/Edwin Watts Golf)
The KC will be going off the grid the next few days. I have an engagement up north I cannot miss. Mysterious people are interesting people, no? One of the elusive tour stars of the 40's and 50's was Lloyd Mangrum. He rattled off 35 wins and the admiration of his peers, yet when discussions arise today of the game's great players, he's rarely mentioned. "The forgotten star," as no less than Byron Nelson proclaimed. The thing that caught my eye immediately was Mangrum's style. This photo captures the essence of what a "gentleman's game" should mean. Dapper, demure. A patient observer that clearly knew how to win. Bing Crosby described Mangrum as possessing the perfect blend of "rhythm, balance and style." I like to think of the fictional character of the KC as a man like Mangrum. A man of quiet and competent action, a gifted artist and adventurer... Both Mangrum and the KC would never tell you where they're going, only where they've been...
Enjoy the CA Championship at Doral. Going to be a great one.
Posted by The Khaki Crusader at 3:29 PM