Remembering Offbeat Amateur Tommy Goodwin

In one of golf’s most iconic photos, British greats Harry Vardon and Ted Ray flank American Francis Ouimet, the 20-year-old American amateur who had just beaten them in a playoff at the 1913 U.S. Open outside of Boston. All three are dressed in collared shirts, ties and jackets. Vardon and Ray also wear vests. Imagine playing a round of golf today in a three-piece suit.

Fast-forward 22 years to 1935 – the same time interval between Tiger Woods’ first and most recent Masters victories – and a photo taken of a foursome at an exhibition on Long Island. World Golf Hall of Famer Paul Runyan and prominent amateur Frank Strafaci (grandfather of reigning U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci) wear collared shirts and ties, still de riguer golf apparel, though they are jacketless. Babe Ruth – recently retired from his Hall of Fame baseball career – is outfitted in a button-down collarless shirt that barely contains his ample belly.

But it is the fourth member of the foursome, 22-year-old amateur Tommy Goodwin, who stands out. Goodwin appe…


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