Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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Venturi somehow signed scorecard

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BETHESDA, MD --- Ken Venturi remembers that 1964 tournament like it was yesterday.


Suffering from heat stroke, he barely finished. Yet still, on a day when he battled the 100 plus degree weather, he managed to turn a 6-shot deficit into a 4-shot win.

"I honestly don't remember a lot, I don't know how I did it. It was a struggle," said Venturi on the site of his triumph.  "It is great being back this week and reminiscing."


venturi.jpgVenturi had lots of nuggets about his championship day. Most of all how he survived.


"I sat in the scoring tent and had no idea what I shot, only that I was the only one in red (under-par) numbers. I was supposed to keep score for Raymond Floyd. He was a 21-year-old kid who later won The Masters. We finished our round, and somehow made it to the scoring tent. And I stared at that card and stared," said Venturi of his time in the scoring tent. "I couldn't put my pencil to the scorecard. I was exhausted. I knew I had to sign it, but I didn't know if it was correct. I didn't want to be disqualified."


Venturi, who retired 9 years ago from CBS television where he was an analyst for years,  remembered being confused. Spent.


"Finally Joe Dey of the USGA moved a scorecard in front of me. He firmly said it was correct. And I signed it. They knew I was toast. They took care of me there."


Venturi hasn't played Congressional since that wonderful day.


"You don't ask for a mulligan after you've hit a hole-in-one!"