Gentlemen’s foursome kicks off season at Hannastown Golf Club
Russ Remaley has been dressing up in knickers, a tucked in tie and a Ben Hogan hat to play golf for more than 40 years at Hannastown Golf Club.
This year was different.
Remaley and his playing partners — Chuck Seamens and the Millen brothers, James and John — were asked to kick off the 2014 season at Hannastown Golf Club by being the honorary foursome to open play, similar to what the Masters does each season with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
The foursome, dressed in old-time garb and using wooden clubs, were the first group to tee off Saturday.
“The board asked us to do it, and it was an honor,” Remaley said. “We’ve been dressing this way on special occasions since the 1970s. When we started, we’d cut off a pair of pants and use rubber bands to make the knickers. We did it to be different.”
So the group teed it up surrounded by members of the club at 7:20 a.m.
“I was little nervous, especially when Craig (Mankins, Hannastown golf pro) brought out the old-time clubs,” Jim Millen said. “Those clubs show how different the game is now. It makes you appreciate what the old-timers used to play with.
“The new equipment helps all the players, especially the seniors. We enjoyed it.”
Remaley said when Mankins brought out the old clubs, he looked at the size of the head and was worried about hitting the ball.
“I didn’t care how far I hit the ball,” Remaley said. “I was hoping I could hit it.”
The foursome has been friends for 65 years, and Remaley, 79, has been a member of the club the longest, more than 50 years.
“We all still think of golf as a gentleman’s game,” Jim Millen said. “We wanted to bring back the old tradition to Hannastown.”