Coming to Virginia: USGA Museum to Offer Golf History Symposium In Conjunction with 42nd Golf Collectors’ Society Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Williamsburg

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In conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Golf Collectors Society (GCS), the USGA Museum is hosting their Fourth Golf History Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 from 1-5 p.m. at the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center at 50 Kingsmill Road.

The symposium is open to the public free of charge. Symposium presenters and topics are as follows: 

Don Van Natta – Wonder Girl:  Babe Didrikson Zaharias – 1–1:45 p.m.: Don Van Natta is a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine and, and spent 16 years as an investigative correspondent at The New York Times. Prior to that, Van Natta worked for eight years at the Miami Herald. He has been a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams and is the author of First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush and co-author of Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He recently published Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Michael Trostel – The Queen of Golf:  How Mickey Wright and Her Perfect Swing Raised the Standard of Women’s Golf – 2–2:45 p.m.: Michael Trostel started with the USGA Museum as an Intern in 2006 and took over the position of Curator/Historian in 2010. A former competitor in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Trostel holds a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. in American Studies from Lehigh University. He is responsible for developing historical content and managing research activities at the museum.

Lee Elder – Life Experiences – 3–3:45 p.m.: Lee Elder never actually played a round of golf until he was 16. In 1959, he was drafted into the Army where he played golf with his commanding officer at Fort Lewis in Washington State. After his discharge in 1961, Elder joined the all-black United Golf Association (UGA) Tour. He dominated the tour, winning five UGA national championships. In November 1967, Elder became one of first black golfers on the PGA Tour. His first PGA victory came in the 1974 Monsanto Open, automatically winning an invitation to the Masters. Elder made history as the first African- American to play in the 1975 Masters Tournament and the first African American golfer to play on the Ryder Cup team.

Panel discussion with all the speakers is from 4-4:45 p.m.

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