The only plant-eating superstar in the world of golf
For the past two years, I have posted a blog during The Masters golf tournament—held annually in early April at one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Augusta National Golf Club. I was privileged to attend the 1992 and 1993 events, where I got to personally experience the etherial beauty of this magnificent place.
Writing this blogpost each April not only brings back some great memories—but also enables me to showcase Gary Player, one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for plant-based eating.
Notice how, at age 78, he stands out next to his carnivorous pals when you watch the highlights of the first round—which will no doubt feature the “big three” honorary starters; Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.
As for the use of the word superstar, I heard Gary’s definition yesterday. He said that stardom in golf is measured by victories in the majors. One or two victories means you’re a star. Three to five means you’re a great star. Over five major victories puts you in the superstar category—and there aren’t that many who have done it.
Only thirteen to be exact—of which just seven are alive today. Gary Player is tied at #4 with Ben Hogan—each with nine major victories. Jack tops the list with 18; Tiger is second with 14—and will miss this week’s tournament due to back surgery.
Bobby Jones, the founder of Augusta National is tied with Arnold Palmer and two others at #7 on the list after retiring with seven major victories, including the only “grand slam” in history—winning all four during the same year in 1930.
Phil Mickelson has a chance to enter Gary’s superstar realm this week with major victory#6; it would also tie him with Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods with four green jackets each. Tom Watson, the only superstar in the field this week, stands at #6 on the list with eight major victories.
What about SUSTAINABILITY? Lest you think I’ve taken my eye off the ball, I want to take this opportunity to remind you to set your DVR to record James Cameron’s 9-part series on global warming. Entitled “Years of Living Dangerously,” it begins this Sunday evening on Showtime. EXTRA!! A reader just “commented” that the first one-hour episode is on YouTube as a promo for the series. So, for your convenience, here it is:
Further, I have provided links to my NINE most recent articles on my favorite topic—SUSTAINABILITY below. But first, I want to share with you four previous articles about golf—with two of them featuring Gary Player.
4 Golf Articles AND the prettiest hole in Augusta
- From two years ago, 4-6-12 Gary Player at 76; plant-eating Masters Champion
- From last year, 4-13-13 Tiger chasing 5th green jacket; 14-year-old makes the cut
- 7-17-13. Posing Nude for ESPN—Gary Player at 77
- Twelve years ago. My 2002 Augusta National article about admitting women as members. They have now begun admitting women, with Condoleezza Rice being among the first two admitted last year.
SUSTAINABILITY blogs featured below (now appearing on my home page) These are among over 800 blogs (since 2011) related to the “big picture” consequences of our food choices. After attending one of Dr. Campbell’s lectures to an environmental group on January 24 in Princeton, NJ, I began a streak of sustainability blogs that resulted in my officially becoming an activist about halfway through that streak.
In Blog #8 below, I documented my March 19 presentation at Holy Cross. One of my slides was six steps to becoming an activist. Step 6 was “Still not an activist? Better check your pulse.”
That’s the way I feel about the information in these nine blogs. If you believe the information is true, you almost have to become an activist.
Yesterday’s blog is the last one on this list. Hopefully, you will use this list to go hunting for some activists of your own; let me know how many you find.
- 1-25-14. NOTHING is more important than SUSTAINABILITY! By comparison, all else shrinks to insignificance.
- 2-4-14. Food Choices. The primary cause of global warming? Dedicated to the memory of the great climate specialist Dr. Robert Goodland, the first to recommend a pragmatic solution to the worst of all environmental problems.
- 2-6-14. Cancer. Heart disease. Global warming. Water scarcity. Warning, this one may make you angry.
- 2-13-14. SUSTAINABILITY. Our generation’s responsibility. We created the mess; now we must FIX it. And to do so, we must know the TRUTH.
- 2-20-14. First comes TRUTH—then viable solutions. We can never solve problems without fully understanding the causes.
- 2-26-14. “Living in Harmony with Nature” by Ted Turner. Perhaps the world’s last chance to save us all from the horrors of global warming.
- 3-3-14. “Not-so-funny” cartoon series. Saving our ecosystem. There is no FUN way to describe what we’re doing to our planet. This is VERY serious stuff.
- 3-21-14. Activism is not a dirty word—it’s an essential process…This was posted right after I delivered a speech at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
- 4-9-14. Now that I am officially an activist…This post features my Bill & Melinda letter and was inspired by someone telling me to “persevere.”
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- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
- What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
- A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
- Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unaware, by Richard Oppenlander.
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