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Monday, April 15, 2013

MooPig Cage Match #42 :: Farmers vs Golfers

Till the Soil
Touted by Dave Darnell  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  Bryan TX





Roam over large fields, beat at the ground with long sticks, plant a seed, farmer's tan on sleeves and brow: while the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, the game's ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians cite chuiwan ("chui" means striking and "wan" means small ball) as the progenitor, a Chinese game played between the eighth and 14th centuries.

A Ming Dynasty scroll dating back to 1368 entitled "The Autumn Banquet" shows a member of the Chinese Imperial court swinging what appears to be a golf club at a small ball with the aim of sinking it into a hole. The game is thought to have been introduced into Europe during the Middle Ages. (LINK

Chui wan (strike pellet), one of the colorful ball games in ancient China , is believed to be the origin of golf, a modern outdoor game. The club, ball, course and rules of cui wan were almost the same as those of the modern golf. In Europe, the game of golf was first seen in paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries, but that was several hundred years after the Chinese games of chui wan. (Kaleidoscope. no date. HERE)

Like most things that become fashionable, a monarch observes some peasants out in a field doing something and presto the politicians in court copy them. This "pellet" hitting with "sticks" game could have its origins in something peasants were doing while farming.


Jim Healey, July 2003 | Golf Club Atlas: EXCERPT | " ... In late 1894, following the construction of America’s first and oldest eighteen-hole golf course, Chicago GC, Charles Blair Macdonald wrote to Robert to come to America for the position of golf professional at his new course.

" ... Macdonald and the Foulis’ had met when he was a student at St. Andrews University, where Macdonald lived with his grandfather, and had obviously thought highly of their skills. Robert, who was still under contract to Ranfurly, would not think of breaking his commitment to them, so in his place he recommended his older brother Jim.

" ... Jim had learned his golf from Old Tom as well, and had also worked for Forgan aand Company. An excellent player, he and Robert had had many great matches over the Old Course. Arriving in this country aboard the SS Umbria out of Liverpool on March 11, 1895, it wouldn’t take long for the 24-year old to quickly make his mark. Jim immediately traveled to Chicago where he became the first golf professional at Chicago GC, and the first golf professional in the western United States. (Feature Interview with Jim Healey. July 2003. HERE) ... ""

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