Keiser University College of Golf with the help of several PGA professionals turned back the clock to give students a sports history lesson. Eight first semester students joined PGA Pros Brian Hughes, David Wixson, Ken Martin, and Frank Longabucco for a round of golf during the students’ History of Golf class.
The players all dressed in period clothing and used mid-irons, mashies, niblicks, and putters with hickory shafts to play the par-72 Palmer Course at PGA National Resort & Spa. In a “Scramble” format, the team of PGA Master Professional David Wixson and students John Breedlove, Brad Ropke, and Michael Lugrand fired a score of 9-under par through 16 holes in a rain-shortened round to tie the team of PGA Professional Frank Longabucco and PGA Master Professional Brian Hughes with students Sonny Vollkommer and Kyle Hudson. Keiser University Flagship Campus Golf Coach Brandon Miller donated a “gold” cup for the winner’s prize, and the teams will share ownership of the cup until the next competition.
PGA Professional Ken Martin teamed with students Bradford Schwarz, Hong Im, and Royce Hunsberger to shoot 5-under par and finish in third place. PGA Professional John “Old Tom” Callahan, visited the event and provided a well-deserved cheering section for the competitors.
The opportunity to use replica golf clubs from the 1920’s gave the students an appreciation for the skills and abilities of golf’s greats of that era. Champions such as Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, and Long Jim Barnes all shot incredible scores and won major championships using hickory shafted golf clubs. Overall, the experience was enlightening and fun!