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Greatest of the Golf Greats

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Hey, Golf Lovers!

It’s no surprise to find Golf offered at most summer camps since it’s an incredibly popular activity among children and adults alike. Just because you like to play it, doesn’t mean that you follow the professional sporting events and the golfers of the day. In case you don’t, I thought we’d feature one of the leading figures in Golf: Jack Nicklaus. He performed in 164 major tournaments which is more than any other player. Mr. Nicklaus holds the record of 18 majors that he won. The Major Golf Championships are essentially the World Series or Superbowl of Golf. While other golfers like Tiger Woods have won more total events on the PGA tour, no one comes close to Nicklaus’ record. While extremely few golfers exceed ten victories in the majors, Tiger Woods’ 14 wins are shadowed by Jack’s many championship wins.

Nicknamed by a sportswriter as The Golden Bear for Nicklaus' blonde hair and burly physique, he was only just getting started through his hot decade in the 60’s. He would continue for another 20 years after that too, still remaining a formidable force throughout the 70’s and 80’s as well!

He was the first player to win the Masters Tournament two years in a row in 1965 and 1966. He also won The Open Championship at age 26 which made him the youngest player to win all four golf majors! While there was never any other golfer who had more than 46 top-10 finishes, Nicklaus was a top-10 finisher 73 times and 56 of those times, he was even in the top 5! He is considered by many to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Enjoy playing Golf during your summer camp experience if your camp offers it! Who knows where the next Golden Bear could pop up! As always, thanks for reading!


- John


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