St. Paddy's Day Parade in Dallas, TX
Connecting Golf & St. Paddy's Day
By mustang6560 on 3/17/11
I really wanted to try and work in a St. Paddy's Day post here on oob, but I just don't think there is much of a connection between golf and St. Paddy's Day.

My first approach was to search for notable Irish golfers. I know Ireland is a small country in all, but I was surprised to see Wikipedia only returned 31 results. I recognized Padraig Harrington, but I wasn't as familiar with the other 30 names. So I decided to click on each one of them, hoping the luck of the Irish was with me and I'd find a beautiful female Irish golfer to talk about. Nothing.

Next, I searched "March 17" on Wikipedia to see if there was anything interesting that happened golf-related on this day. The result - Bobby Jones and Aaron Baddeley were born today, but neither are Irish.

Then I had the great idea to search the LPGA website (I spelled it correctly this time legitimatebeef) for an angle. Of the 123 active female golfers on the LPGA Tour, only one of them is Irish - Alison Walshe. Where's all the shamrocks at?

All Irish people are red heads, right? What if I searched the LPGA website for attractive red headed golfers (this could work)? I started to click through the mugshots of all the ladies only to be disappointed (I clicked Erica Blasberg's name and it made me sad). There were some strawberry blonds (Sara Brown kinda has red hair) but the results were discouraging so I gave up after the E's.

So where's the St. Paddy's Day-golf connection? What if I expanded my search to Northern Ireland? I could include one of my favorites Graeme McDowell and the best golfer on Twitter, Mr. Rory McIlroy. I've been to Northern Ireland and Ireland, and my experience there was the two countries aren't the best of friends so I'll leave Northern Ireland out of this.

Alas, I don't think there is much of a connection between St. Paddy's Day and golf. But in honor of today, I'm going to drink green beer tonight and talk golf. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Hey, as a matter of fact, St. Patrick is the patron saint of golf. There's your connection!

(okay, I just made that up, but I recommend we run with it. If repeated enough times, everyone will believe it)
TeT says:
Not bad for striking out.... Shes ↑ Irish enough for me .
ppinkert says:
Hey, I read that St. Patrick is the patron saint of golf. I'd say that's a connection ;-)
Werepuppie says:
DUH!The color of St.Patrick's day is green right?Golf courses are?
wrhall02 says:
Masters jacket is green, would be a perfect coat to sport around today.

I like the repeat it enough times strategy. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of golf!
Banker85 says:
i read this on the internet so i must be true.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Golf!
mustang6560 says:
I think something becomes fact on the Internet if at least 5 people comment on it. Did you know St. Patrick is the patron saint of golf?
falcon50driver says:
I'm in Dallas this week. How did I miss her?
Kurt the Knife says:
"Did you know St. Patrick is the patron saint of golf?"

And Kevin Bacon is the patron saint of bacon?
several degrees of it , I'm led to understand.
bducharm says:
@merlin - go to a Dallas Stars hockey game - you will see her and others!!! She is an Ice Girl!!!
par420 says:
why can't we have ice girls for the flyers WOW
Mortalsword says:
Isn't St Patrick the Patron Saint of Golf.
falcon50driver says:
Hockey cheerleader? No wonder she's nippin'.
jpjeffery says:
Tch! DUH! Don't you know that St. Patrick is the patron saint of golf?!

Research fail!

sigmapete1 says:
There's a Irish/Scottish themed course here in Jersey near Atlantic City that has replicas of famous British Isles golf holes that had a special on St. Pat's day...wear green for $20 off, go all out and dress like a leprechaun and you play for free all day!
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