Daily Features Through Friday Will Honor the Lives of Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, All Born on 1912
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ORLANDO, Fla. — March 13, 2012 — A century ago, three of the most impactful, game-changing and important names in golf were born: Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. This week, GolfChannel.com is celebrating the lives of the three golf icons with an in-depth feature series, “1912: A Year That Changed The Game,” found at www.GolfChannel.com/1912.
GolfChannel.com’s editorial team examines the lives of the three men on and off the golf course, shedding light on what truly defined them as legends of the game. Golf Channel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jason Sobel and managing editor Mercer Baggs all contribute to the series with daily long–form columns and photo galleries. They also will share their experiences with this project through video discussion.
The series kicks off today (Tuesday) with Mell setting the tone by looking into the relationship the three men had with each other Randall Mell 1912 Column. Mell will uncover stories from family members and longtime PGA TOUR professionals, providing a sense of how complicated the relationships were.
Sobel will continue the series on Wednesday, paying tribute to Byron Nelson, winner of 52 PGA TOUR events, including a record-breaking 11 consecutive tournaments in 1945. Sobel traveled to Fort Worth, Texas,where Byron’s widow, Peggy, gave him a tour of the Nelson ranch and introduced him to several of Byron’s old friends.
Thursday, Baggs will celebrate the life of Sam Snead, who won a record 82 PGA TOUR events and seven major championships as one of the top players in the world for most of four decades. Baggs traveled to Virginia to spend time at The Greenbrier where Snead was the longtime head golf professional, as well as The Homestead, where Snead began caddying at the age of 7. Baggs also visited with Sam Snead Jr., who shared numerous stories about his father’s career on and off the course.
Friday, Hoggard will honor Ben Hogan, widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Hoggard’s feature will take him to Fort Worth, Texas, and Shady Oaks Country Club – where Hogan was a charter member – as well as to Colonial Country Club, where Hogan accumulated five PGA TOUR wins in his hometown.
Golf Channel’s Morning Drive will feature special daily segments dedicated to the online series. Peggy Nelson is scheduled to join Morning Drive on Wednesday to share stories about her husband, Byron, followed by Sam Snead’s grandson, Jack, on Thursday.