In the early 2000s, Rand Jerris, a long-time USGA staffer known for his work in the association’s museum and library, discovered a bibliography of baseball songs published in the Library of Congress.
With a busy and growing career at the USGA, he filed away the idea of checking into the research possibilities of a similar list of golf songs.
The COVID-19 shutdown of 2020, everyone’s “Now I have time to do this” list, and his persistent itch as a trained researcher and historian all pushed Jerris to dust off the project of gathering that list of songs with a link to golf.
“I thought about the project for 20 years,” Jerris said. “The disruption of COVID opened up the time.”
Peter Lewis (left), who won the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind award in 2017, and author Rand Jerris
One of his first steps was to seek out Peter Lewis, the former director of the British Golf Museum with a deep background in golf and music. A 15-minute Zoom call made the...
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