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JFK framed golf pencil

JFK Golf Pencil

JFK Golf Pencil

John F. Kennedy resisted being seen on the golf course. His Republican predecessor in the White House, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had publicly displayed his passion for the game, and the new Democratic president did not think that following in Ike's footsteps was a shrewd political move. But as his first term was in the middle of its third year, Kennedy, perhaps inspired by his popularity with the American people, softened his stance. Instead of hiding his game, he was focused on improving it. And he wanted Arnold Palmer's help.

So on Aug. 4, 1963, he brought White House chief photographer Cecil Stoughton to Hyannisport, Mass., to shoot a slow-motion, 16-millimeter silent film of him on the course. According to accounts given by Stoughton in the years before his death in 2008, JFK planned to invite Palmer to the White House to look at the film and critique his swing.

Kennedy arrived at the Hyannisport Club that summer day 48 years ago wearing a dark blue golf shirt that hung loosely over rose-colored pants. The nation's 35th president would often walk to the club from his family's compound—only a par-5 away. He never ventured into the members' clubhouse but instead changed into his golf attire in the modest bag room, sitting on a wooden stool with a telephone at his side that linked directly to the White House.

That day he played alongside Paul Fay, the Undersecretary of the Navy, and the rare color footage of the 46-year-old president runs 6 minutes. It shows a relaxed, smiling Kennedy hitting tee shots, fairway woods, iron approaches, chip shots, a bunker shot and putts. Caddies stand nearby, while Secret Service agents can be seen in the background patrolling the woods.

Kennedy was filmed playing golf a final time at Newport (R.I.) Country Club in mid-September 1963. The president and the first lady were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. In one of the last images of JFK on the golf course, taken by photographer Robert Knudsen, the president and his wife are riding down the fairway in a golf cart, their backs to the camera, heading toward the ocean, the days of Camelot still shining brightly.

Stoughton returned to Washington to transfer his precious film onto a reel. Kennedy, eager for feedback on his swing, looked forward to inviting Palmer to the White House—as soon as he returned from Dallas…the rest is history. By: R ob Duca Sports Illustrated

Watch video of JFK playing his last round of golf: G GG; GOLFG *8* Actual JFK golf pencil distributed during President Kennedy’s 1960 campaign & only a handful are known to exist . COA included & comes framed in a 12 x 12 Shadow box black frame  

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