Eisenhower and golf are forever linked

Many Americans may not know what a scratch golfer is‚ but most know the name Tiger Woods.America’s obsession with golf‚ however‚ can be traced to the early ‘50s and the nation’s 34th president‚ Dwight D. Eisenhower‚ according to Dr. Catherine Lewis’ new book‚ “Don’t Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower’s Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America.”A book talk and breakfast was held at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center Thursday to honor the publication of Lewis’ seventh tome.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Jun 12, 2007) — Many Americans may not know what a scratch golfer is‚ but most know the name Tiger Woods.

America’s obsession with golf‚ however‚ can be traced to the early ‘50s and the nation’s 34th president‚ Dwight D. Eisenhower‚ according to Dr. Catherine Lewis’ new book‚ “Don’t Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower’s Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America.”

A book talk and breakfast was held at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center Thursday to honor the publication of Lewis’ seventh tome.

“This has really been‚ in some ways‚ the most fun I’ve had writing‚” Lewis told the assembled crowd. “As an historian and author‚ you’re driven by questions.”

One of the questions driving Lewis in her research was why Eisenhower was always photographed smiling and in golf attire‚ even as he faced some of the nation’s toughest political and social issues of the 20th century‚ such as race relations and the use of hydrogen bombs.

“Ike was simultaneously credited with the sudden surge of the sport’s popularity and criticized for running the presidency from a golf course‚” Lewis said. “He was known for playing at the most exclusive clubs in America‚ while tentatively supporting civil rights. By his second term‚ Ike and his golf game became symbols of the social‚ economic and political contradictions of the 1950s.”


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