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Home I don't mind robbing a college kid but I can't rob a newspaper guy. We need you people.

 

Not that it was needed, but Dan Jenkins took it upon himself to justify his inclusion into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is known for many things as he has chronicled the game over decades, which featured his sharp wit. But he also wasn’t afraid to rub shoulders with some of the best the game has ever known. “To justify my inclusion in this terrific society, I went back and looked at everybody who's in it and did some statistics,” Jenkins began. “It turns out that I have known 95 of these people when they were living. I've written stories about 73 of them. I've had cocktails and drinks with 47 of them, and I played golf with 24 of them,” he continued. “So I want somebody else to try and go up against that record,” he challenged.

“Just to drop a few names, some of the people I've played golf with were Ben Hogan about 40 times, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and even Babe Zaharias, and the LPGA ladies will appreciate that, I played with Babe in 1951 at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth in the old Texas Women's Open. I was playing on the TCU golf team at the time but I was also working for the Fort Worth Press. I went over to Babe and saw her chipping and putting around the putting green and I said, ‘Are you going to play a practice round?’ She just kind of looked at me. She knew me from a couple years earlier, and I said, ‘If you're going to play a practice round, I want to play along with you,’ and she said, ‘How much you got in your pocket?’  And I said, ‘Well, I guess I could manage a $2 Nassau or something like that.’ So we played, jumped in the golf cart, played in about two and a half hours. I said, there's no lady golfer going to out hit me. Well, she did, put that little low hook, went out there about 275, not only outhit me, she shot 71, beat me out of $8. But she wouldn't take the money. She said, ‘I don't mind robbing a college kid but I can't rob a newspaper guy. We need you people.’” Jenkins is one of a kind and his stories never get old, even if they happened many, many years ago.