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Golfers of the 19th Century, in the living memory of the early historians, all say that the 'tee' was the area where from which you played and they 'tee'd' on the ground, as laid down in the first rules of golf 1744 - 'Your Tee must be upon the Ground'. Golfers at this time used sand to make a tee within one club length of the previous hole, later expanded to within two and four club lengths.

There is a 'tee' in curling, derived from the Gaelic word 'tigh' meaning house. The House is the coloured circles that form the target area and the curling 'tee' today is the line through the centre of the 'house' and is the target not the release line, which is the 'hog' line. As the first golf tees were within a 'circle' of one club length round the hole, this could be the origin of the term.

The golf tee or 'teaz' has similarities to the Dutch word 'tuitje' pronounced 'tytee' and meaning a little conical shape, which referred to the little piles of sand or snow that would be used for the tee'ing off stroke. This looks a more likely origin of the term, especially given the likely origin of the 'Stymie' is from the Dutch 'stuit mij' pronounced 'sty me' meaning 'it stops me', rather than the Scottish term for 'short sighted person'. The word itself (as stimies) did not appear in the Rules until the 1834 Musselburgh rules and its interpretation had been the subject of dispute for decades before then, as in the Burgess club in 1807.

It was not apparently until Old Tom Morris created separate teeing areas at St Andrews in 1875, as reported in the press, that this defined area became common place. The motivation could well have been to speed up play as otherwise golfers were waiting for the groups to tee off after they had holed out, before they could play to the green, which must have been twice as aggravating as just waiting for them to putt out.

For centuries, golfers made tees from sand. This was messy and towels and water were provided to wash the golfers' hands as they are today to wash golf balls. Often caddies would scoop out sand from the bottom of the hole to make the tee and this caused the hole to deteriorate and clubs issued reminders that sand should be taken from elsewhere. One answer to this was the provision of sand boxes, which were still found until recently on some old courses, such as Bruntsfield Links, though nowadays they contain fertilised soil for filling in divots on the teeing ground.

Throughout the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, golfers began trying to create re-usable tees, using cork, paper or rubber. (Although the crosse (chole) players have graduated to using screw caps as their tees, early 'colf' and later 'kolf' had died out before anyone thought of developing more sophisticated tees.) The earliest known portable golf tee was invented by two members of the Tantallon Golf Club at North Berwick William Bloxsom Secretary and Arthur Douglas in 1889, and was a small rubber slab resting flat on the ground, with three vertical rubber prongs or a hollow rubber tube to hold the ball in place. The patent 12,941 was granted in April 1890.

The first tee to penetrate the ground was the "Perfectum" tee, for which a British patent was granted in 1892 to Percy Ellis. It comprised a rubber circle with a metal spike that was pushed into the ground. A variation of this, the "Victor" tee, with a cup-shaped rubber top connected to a ground spike was patented by PM Matthews of Scotland in 1897. The first United States patent for a golf tee was issued to the Glaswegian David Dalziel on 8th September 1896. The patent was for a rubber tee with a flat base and slightly concave top, in combination with an artificial ground surface.

Pasture pool is a derogatory term for the noble sport of golf, but anyone unable to see the humor is possibly also under-appreciating some of the best things about golf. Being outdoors, walking on smooth green grass (Golf is a good walk spoiled. - Mark Twain), and concentrating on perfecting a physical skill.

It was Arnold Palmer who came up with the idea of the modern Grand Slam, back in 1960 when he was flying to Britain to play in his first Open Championship at St. Andrews, the one where he met Tip Anderson. During the transatlantic flight, he fell to talking with his journalist-friend Bob Drum about Bobby Jones's 1930 Grand Slam and suggested that the idea might be revived with the modern major tournaments: winning all four in one season. Drum and other journalists started to use the term in their articles, and so the notion took root. Palmer did not achieve the Grand Slam, of course. To his regret, he never won the PGA Championship. Nicklaus won all four titles at least three times over, but not in succession.

All are recognized as a part of the world's two most prestigious tours, the PGA TOUR in the United States and the PGA European Tour. In order of their playing date, the events that make up golf's modern Grand Slam are: April - The Masters; June - US Open; July - The Open Championship (known in North America as the British Open) and August - PGA Championship.

No player has yet met the modern definition of golf's Grand Slam. The term "Grand Slam" was first applied to Bobby Jones' achievement of winning the four major golfing events of 1930: the U.S. and British Opens, and the U.S. and British Amateurs. The modern definition could not be applied until at least 1934, when The Masters was founded, and still carried little weight in 1953 when Ben Hogan, after winning The Masters, and US and British Opens, did not compete in the PGA Championship because of the timing of that event in relation to the British Open. Only five golfers have won all of golf's modern major events: Gene Sarazen, Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Woods.

Americans love sports. As recreation, entertainment, and work for millions, sports provide significant shared experiences for this diverse nation. The players, spectators, and providers of sports - men and women from varied racial and ethnic backgrounds and economic circumstances - have all contributed to the American sporting experience.

Many non-westerners confuse rodeo with the Wild West show, assuming that the events are rehearsed and the performers are actors, with the winners determined in advance like a professional wrestling show. Far from it. The contestants put up stiff entry fees and are competing hard for the prize money. Rodeo performers are as tough and well-conditioned a pack of athletes as exist in the world of sports and few can match their ferociously competitive spirit.

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