Spring is here and with that comes tulips, cool air and the green jacket. Oh yes, it’s time for The Masters. And although I’d rather be driving a golf cart while sipping on a Bootleg versus playing the game, I find there’s comfort in a tradition which comes down to one thing. The pencil written score card.
The history of keeping score while playing golf goes back almost 100 years but no golf history book devotes so much as one line to the pencil’s on-course origins. When did golfers first use pencils? When did courses start stamping their names on them? No one seems to know. But one thing is for certain, no one can actually sharpen these pencils because a normal sharpener eats up too much of the short pencil and can go into the lettering. Golf pencils need that narrow tip. However, there is a rumor floating on the greens; to give the pencils sharp tips without ruining their distinct shape, an eyeliner pencil sharpener from a woman’s makeup kit works wonders. Only for the pros of course.
Here are a few pencils options to keep your game fresh…
Or for the golfer who likes to display his used pencils from memories on the links:
Of course our kids would prefer the lego version…
The only place I could track down an authentic Augusta National Golf Club Masters Scorecard pencil was on ebay. Looks like the next best option is improving your game.
One of the players at this year’s Masters has started quite the following as far as his pencil needs. Scott Stalling has been using his Augusta National pencil as a good luck charm ever since he found one during a tournament last summer and it seems to have worked thus far. He’s collected over 500 Masters pencils from fans although he’s still using that original pencil and maybe that was just enough motivation for him to qualify for this year’s tournament (he did). Here’s a guy who understands the power of the pencil. There would be no game without one.