Dec 6th, 2018
Golf pays its respects to George H.W. Bush
Nicklaus, Mickelson amongst attendees
Golf paid its respects at the memorial services held this week for former US President George H.W. Bush.
Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Brad Faxon and commentator Jim Nantz attended the state event. Bush, whose body was lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. before his funeral on Wednesday, was visited by plethora of sports notables.
Bush was a golf addict and his highlight came when he won his club's championship but he was most renowned for how quickly he played the game. “Speed may be the only thing I’m known for on the golf course,” Bush told the authors of My Best Day in Golf: Celebrity Stories of the Game They Love. Bush once completed 18 holes at Cape Arundel in a mind-boggling one hour and twenty minutes.
It was no surpise Bush got into golf as his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former USGA president and heavily involved in creating the Walker Cup. His father, Prescott Bush, was also a USGA president.
Bush was the honorary chairman of the First Tee when the organization was founded in 1997. You could always rely on him buggying his way round big golf events such as the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and The Houston Open. He was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.