The Masters, Sustainability and Gary Player

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.

Earlier this year, Gary Player being applauded by Jack Nicklaus

Earlier this year, Gary Player (still looking good at 78) being applauded by Jack Nicklaus

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, founder of the Augusta National Golf Club

Bobby Jones, founder of the Augusta National Golf Club

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

Hole #12 in the middle of Amen Corner at the famed Augusta course

Hole #12, Golden Bell, in the middle of Amen Corner at the famed Augusta course

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. 

Notice the definition of "activism" on this slide.

Notice the definition of “activism” on this slide.

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.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. 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.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to The Masters, Sustainability and Gary Player

  1. Wally And Mary Guay says:

    Thank you for making “Years of Living Dangerously” available. I do no have Showtime. Will you be able to make the later episodes available? When are they being aired? The segment about the Earth temperature (Fargo have the same temp Phoenix has today) drives home the point about food scarcity

    Mary Guay

  2. fjpollack says:

    James Cameron’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’. As a promo, Showtime is making the 1st episode available on youtube.

    I watched the 1st episode last night:

    Production values are excellent. Notable Celebs (e.g. Harrison Ford).

    Jeff Masters describes here:
    More detailed overview here:


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