February 27, 1902, One of the top figures in golf during the 1920's & 1930's, Gene Sarazen, was born on this date.  He also lays claim to inventing the modern sand wedge.  He debuted it at the Open Championship in 1932 (which he won).  Sarazen, known as the Squire and the first to win the career Grand Slam, lived into the Tiger Woods years and died on May 13, 1999, age 97. 
 
February 13, 1918, Patty Berg, one of the greatest womens golfers, was born in Minneapolis. She was a founding member and the first president of the LPGA. Her 15 major title wins remains the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
 
February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a couple of golf balls with a makeshift 6-iron on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 space mission. He snuck the club onboard the flight. Because of his spacesuit, he could only swing his right arm.  On return, Shepard said he “shanked the first one; it rolled into a crater about 40 yards away. The second one, I kept my head down. I hit it flush and it went at least 200 yards.”
 
February 2, 2024, Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and predicts an early spring.  More Golf for all!
 
 
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