Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Elder Bush to Pay Visit to Glynn Former President Will Open Golf Tournament

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Elder Bush to Pay Visit to Glynn Former President Will Open Golf Tournament

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- The man whose grandfather put the Walker in Walker Cup will be in town Friday for the opening ceremonies of the biennial amateur golf matches and to dedicate a building to the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president and father of the 43rd, is participating in the 6:30 p.m. opening ceremonies of the Walker Cup at the Ocean Forest Golf Club on Sea Island.

"He is a participant in the opening ceremonies. He's bringing remarks," said Merry Tipton, spokeswoman for the Sea Island Co., host of the match play tournament between America's best amateurs and those of Great Britain and Ireland.

Sea Island Co., which owns Ocean Forest, does not know what Bush will say at what is one of the more impressive ceremonies in golf.

In addition to military flyovers, the 3rd Infantry Division band from Fort Stewart will play, the Atlanta Pipe Band will play, and the teams will be introduced, Tipton said.

"It's really very, very moving. The teams parade in. They raise the flags of all three nations," she said. "A lot of ceremony."

The Walker Cup was named after the former president's grandfather, George H. Walker, who originated it as an annual competition when he was president of the U.S. Golf Association. The first competition was played in 1922 and subsequently was played only on even numbered years until it was interrupted by World War II between 1940 and 1946. It resumed in 1947 and has been played on odd-numbered years since then.

The U.S. holds a 31-5 record. There has been one tie.

But those who haven't already made plans to attend the opening ceremony are out of luck, Tipton said.

"We hear people are planning to buy their tickets at the gate. There are no more tickets and there will be none," she said. …

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