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Friday, February 13, 2015
Thanks so much for putting this up. Cobbs Creek was the first golf course that I ever set foot on. My father played there on Sunday mornings and when I was 5 or 6 he would take me along sometimes; I think that my Mom must have been getting tired of my constant questions.
I tweeted it so it should get some folks looking at your site.


Armen Suny
Greens Superintendent

Friday, February 13, 2015
Thanks, Pete, for posting the article. I don't get the Inquirer so I would have missed it. I hope I am not having a Brian Williams moment, but I recall seeing Charlie play in the Philadelphia Golf Classic at Whitemarsh in the mid '60s. I believe Pete Brown was there as well. To me, they were two more golfers chasing Arnie and Jack. I did not know what Charlie and other blacks had to go through just to play golf.

Tom Walker

Friday, February 13, 2015
Hi Pete,
This is a great article about Charlie Sifford and Philly public golf. As you know, Dick and I grew up playing Mt. Pleasant public golf course in Baltimore. In 1956 I caddied in the Eastern Open for Bill Nary, a Californian playing out of a golf club in Chicago. Charlie Sifford was in the field and I remember watching him practice and thinking that no one hit the ball better. During the first two rounds Charlie’s group was right in front of us and I had the occasion to talk with his caddie. He told me that it was tough for them and their first practice round they played alone because no one would play with them. Sifford missed the 54 hole cut and Nary finished ninth, winning $533.00. He paid me $80.00 and 12 balls from his shag bag for the six rounds I caddied and shagged balls. It certainly was a different world then. Keep up the wonderful articles…..it truly is a treasure.


Tom Smith, PGA

Friday, November 28, 2014
Interesting story line (Johnny McDermott). As you know I am from Philadelphia, born in Germantown in 1945 and subsequently moved out to Norristown in 1951, actually PennSquare Village. As I kid I spent many days, actually about 3 years over at Norristown State Hospital where I played in the barns there. I remember what appeared to be a make shift golf course and occasionally I would see one of the "patients" out there playing golf. I remember meeting him one day, but no idea who he was or why he was there. I believe the dates to be around 1953-55. I later came to understand that this person was the two time US open champion from 1911-12? I do believe this was Johnny McDermott. What a pity about his mental health.

Richard Findlay

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
This is wonderful. Thank you very much and thank you as well for highlighting our recent efforts. We really appreciate your support.

Best regards, Mike
Mike Cirba

Monday, December 2, 2013
Thanks -------- the advertisers was like a walk down memory lane with old friends. Very good work.

Thanks. B
William Earley

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nice job on the US Open material. I know how much I enjoyed going through the information and it is nice to see someone is guarding the repository of golf knowledge. Job well done. Hope all is well with you and your bride and that the golf game is getting better the more gray there is in our hair.

Best to all.
Bob Thatcher

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Awesome stuff Pete,
Love everything about it, especially the old programs. Well Done! And thank you.

Tom O'Malley, PGA
Buck Hill Golf Club
(570) 595-7730

Friday, October 25, 2013
You have a real winner here.
The idea of all five Merion Opens is ingenious.
Thank you so very much for allowing me to share it.
Trust you will be happy to allow me to share it overseas?

Brendan J. Walsh

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Keep it up...you are great.

Gary Wiren, PhD
PGA Hall of Fame
World Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hi Pete,
What a great amount of information. I would like to write an article on you about your website, specifically the US open part, and would also like to use some of your information and photos in an article, and I would provide a link to your website to direct some traffic there. Are you interested?

Thanks, Sam
Sam Strike
Editor, Radnor Patch
Editor, Haverford-Havertown Patch

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dear Pete -
A friend of mine passed this along (your email announcement). Great stuff! And well done to you for all your work.
Would you mind adding me to your email list?

Normoyle Historical Consulting LLC
P.O. Box 623
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday, April 29, 2013
Great work, Pete!
This is must-read stuff. How busy is the website? Hope you're well.

Dominic Dastoli, Producer
7580 Golf Channel Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Monday, April 22, 2013
Hey Pete-
I read the recent article about you in the gap magazine-way to go!
Thanks for all of your help and support on my interests-you are a credit to the game and we're lucky to have a guy like you to call!

John (Burnes)

Thursday, January 31, 2013
You are doing great stuff.

Gary Wiren, PhD
PGA Hall of Fame
World Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Excellent lead into the US open this coming summer. I always enjoy your well rounded approach to presenting the history in a most unique way. Keep up the work. Take a look at the spring issue of Links magazine. A nifty little article on Alex Findlay, I think you will enjoy the material. Steve Pike down here in Florida has been working on the article.

Richard Findlay

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Very nice edition, Peter!
I really enjoyed it and the interactive picture....one of the best computer things I have seen.

Will call,
Jimmy (Two Down)
(James Allen)

Monday, December 10, 2012
Hey Pete,
This is REALLY cool. I spent about 20 minutes on it so far and look forward to reading much more. Thanks, ds

Dick Smith, PGA

Monday, December 10, 2012
Hi Pete,
Thanks for sharing this wonderful book with everyone. I went through several pages of it and it is amazing to see so many recognizable names. It gives me a better feel for how everything got started in this area – and a better appreciation.
Hope you are well.

Scott Nye

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Just a short note to commend you on all that you have done for the history of the Phila PGA - I thought this year's meeting was the best I'd seen - the piece on McDermott was awesome - truly enjoyed hearing Ed Dougherty speak - and what you did for Ronnie Ward was the best - I commend you. Well done... ...

Many thanks, Bob (Huber)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hi Peter,
I just wanted to say that I love your golf history website. My dad was John Kennedy and he played on the tour out of the philly area in the late 60's and 70's. He qualified for the open of 71 and with it coming back to Merion I decided to see what was on the web about philly golf and I came across your site. Fantastic job and keep it up!

Thanks, JK (Jon Kennedy)

Jon Kennedy is the son of John Kennedy who played out of Edgmont CC. He won the Philadelphia Open in 1967 at Atlantic City CC and and was runner-up in the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship in 1973 at North Hills CC.

Monday, October 29, 2012
Hi, Pete,
The Johnny McDermott video is wonderful.
Remarkable collection of photos and very well written and narrated.
Congratulations! Hope this brings more awareness of his amazing career.

Your website is a true treasure.

Best, Fred Behringer

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Hi, Pete --
Hope all is well. Just wanted to let you know how much I liked the McDermott video. It's really terrific...
-Cheers, Jeff (Silverman)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Just a note to refresh my congratulations to you for an absolutely wonderful work of scholarship, Trenham Golf History. With every "chapter" which is added the already impressive depth of your project is enhanced. Again, thank you.


Saturday, August 11, 2012
I started reading the (1962 PGA Aronimink) program last night and could not stop. Really interesting and surprising that Clubs were having many of the same issues that we face today.
Many thanks for all your efforts.

George McNamara
PGA Master Professional
Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Road
Wilmington, De. 19810

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hi, Pete --
Hope all's well and you've survived the heat. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed seeing my piece up on the site and how good it looked there. Just one question: who's the "esteemed golf writer" trying to pass himself off as me? Seriously, the site keeps getting better and better. Let me know when you'd like to get out and play…
-Cheers, Jeff (Silverman)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Thanks, Pete.
I have never had the opportunity to pick your brain about some of this history. I have heard several times about your research on the subject, and this site presents a perfect chance to check out what you've written.
-Jack O'Neil

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dear Peter,
The information past and present you are incorporating into your site is great. Especially for Phila and the surrounds. As you know the golfing world was centered around Phila at the turn of the century, at least the U.S. golfing world. Keep up the great work.
-Richard Findlay
(Grandson of Alex Findlay)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
"Thanks very much, Pete. Have really enjoyed reading your history of Philly PGA and beyond…..an outstanding work."

Tom Smith, PGA Golf Professional
Dick Smith Golf Academy

Monday, July 2, 2012
Subject: You're keeping me from dinner....
"I can't stop reading your website. Just read about Ted Smith putters. About a year or two after I started playing golf (about 18 yrs. old), I somewhere found this Ted Smith mallet head putter. It had the greatest feeling and I loved it. However, some years later I tried to bend it a little flatter and broke it. Didn't know about cast aluminum being so unbendable.
Bye. Off to eat."
-Don Sowers (The Rake)

Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Hello Pete:
Your trenhamgolfhistory website is most impressive and getting more so all the time. I sure appreciate all the info it provides. Keep up the fine work."
-Dick Grout

    Jack Grout, A Legacy in Golf, by his Son Dick Grout with Bill Winter

For forty years John Frederick "Jack" Grout was Jack Nicklaus’s only golf teacher. Jack Grout arrived in the Philadelphia Section in 1938 as an assistant to Henry Picard at the Hershey Country Club. Later he was the head professional at Fox Hill Country Club and Country Club of Harrisburg before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1950 as the professional at Scioto Country Club. That year a ten-year-old Jackie Nicklaus signed up for Grout’s junior clinic at Sciota. It was the beginning of a 40-year partnership during which time Nicklaus would win 18 major championships.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
What a nice e-mail to receive. I look forward to reading the history of Cobb's. It is where I played most of my competitive golf and was once president of the West Overbrook Golf Club that was based there. One of my favorite collectibles is a set of 5 clubs with a Cobb's Creek stamp on each club. Thank you."
-Bob Gettis

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