Keep Your Eye on the Ball
"Tuxedo hosted the country's first interclub team match in the summer of 1894, when a seven-man team from Shinnecock Hills came to play. That October, a contest of grander scale took place among six teams, two each from the home club and St. Andrew's, and one each from Shinnecock Hills and Brookline. The match resulted in a tie between St. Andrew's and Brookline that was never resolved - the New Yorkers had to return home to host the "amateur championship." Brookline carried home the trophy, which many years later was donated to the USGA and is now given to the winner of the U.S. Senior Open.
It was during an early St. Andrew's-Tuxedo match that a popular golf axiom first gained popularity. John Ten Eyck of St. Andrew's was paired against Tuxedo President Walker Breese Smith, who announced to his rival on the third tee that the keys to successful golf were "courage" and "keeping your eye on the ball." Smith explained that he derived his courage from Scotch whiskey, which he offered to share with his rival. Then, after teeing his ball, he removed his glass eye, placed it on top of the ball, and smashed it down the fairway. The wealthy Smith carried a box of glass eyes, and he repeated his ritual on every tee. The more serious Ten Eyck was shaken - and soundly beaten that day." - Golf Clubs of the MGA
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