Three men who answer to “Mr. President” played golf with Bob Hope on Wednesday, and between them produced as many bloopers as feats of athletic brilliance.
President Gerald Ford sent his first drive at the Bob Hope Classic tournament into the crowd, but apparently it didn’t hit anyone. President George Bush ricocheted his second shot off a tree into the face of a 71-year-old woman, who required 10 stitches on her forehead at a local hospital before returning to the course.
Bush later bounced another shot off a spectator’s leg.
After nine holes, Bush was out front at 45, while Clinton shot 47 and Ford 53. Par for the full 18 holes was 72. The official scorers declined to tally Hope’s score, but he seemed to be doing remarkably well for a man of 91. He played all 18 holes in this tournament for the first time since 1987.
Meanwhile, two Nebraska businessmen mailed President Bill Clinton a putter after learning he had misplaced his favorite putter, a 35-year-old Titleist Bullseye, he thinks he accidentally stowed in someone else’s bag.
Jim Arbogast, president of Superior Metal Products of Omaha, said the “Scout” putter is aluminum with brass weights.
Engraved into the club are “Limited Edition” and “Nebraska Cornhuskers - 1994 National Champions,” which commemorates the football team’s championship season.
After the first round of the tournament, Kenny Perry, playing at Indian Ridge Country Club, leads with a course-record 9-under-par 63.
Perry fired a 7-under 29 on the back nine, his first nine of the day. The streak included four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th, where Perry made a 15-footer.
Curtis Strange, Jim Gallagher Jr. Marco Dawson and Robin Freeman are all one shot back at 64.
Pullman’s Kirk Triplett - and 21 others - are at 70.