Almost 80% of golfers will never have a handicap under 18. And yet, no matter how frustrating the game is to play, there is an estimated 30+ million golfers just in the United States. Modern day golf was invented in the year 1457 in Scotland. The average golfer has a 12,500 to 1 chance of making a hole-in-one. The chance of making two hole-in-ones in a single game is 1 in 67 million. The first golf balls were made of feathers wrapped in leather. The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan, measuring a whopping 909 yards. 125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
In 1863, Henry Bergh held a diplomatic post at the Russian court of Czar Alexander II. It was there that he was horrified to witness work horses beaten by their peasant drivers. Back in New York, Bergh pleaded on behalf of “these mute servants of mankind” and argued that protecting animals was an issue that crossed party lines and class boundaries. Bergh’s impassioned accounts of the horrors inflicted on animals convinced the New York State legislature to pass the charter incorporating the ASPCA on April 10, 1866. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
John Madden – Pro Football Coach & Sportscaster – born in Austin, Minnesota
Steven Seagal – Actor – born in Lansing, Michigan