Exciting to see Eastmoreland 100 Project get more interest from the community represented by the Sellwood Bee Newspaper. The reporter Dana Beck and I had a great conversation about the golf course's origin story as well as the community. He's on the "history beat" and hope to have more opportunities to collaborate and share stories of life in the community surrounding the golf course..
Click the image below to read the entire article in the Sellwood Bee!
I love his added detail on the fashion styles at the time. A quick note, the "knickers" so much a part of early golf history - was a trend started by none other than Harry Vardon, greatest golfer of his era and the "old man" of the duel for the 1913 U.S. Open with the 19 year old caddie Francois Ouimet. Harry Vardon visited Portland on his national tour of the U.S with Ted Ray - and played a famous match against Chandler Egan at Waverley.
Those knickers... were a result of him being uncomfortable playing in a suit and getting trousers wet - thus donning what was considered "boy's wear" and initially being considered at best a dandy at at worst an faux-paux. Though after winning yet another British Open in the new garb - within a year every clubhouse in England and Scotland was filled with kickers.