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    Dwight D. Eisenhower: His Well-Used Personal Golf Bag. The image of Ike relaxing on the links is one of the most indelible from his presidency. Eisenhower found golfing to be both stress- reducing and a useful venue in which to play low-key politics and diplomacy. While golf was a popular sport long before Eisenhower's presidency, there is no question that Eisenhower's highly visible participation raised it to new heights, just as FDR's interest in philately created a stamp collecting craze.

    According to a notarized letter which accompanies this well-used golf bag, it was presented by Ike during his presidency to fellow golfer and then-head of the Internal Revenue Service T. Coleman Andrews. It was passed on to his son, T. Coleman Jr., who gave it to his friend Jim Sale. Sale was in his day the highest- ranked amateur golfer in the Richmond, Virginia area. It is his surviving widow, Elaine B. Sale, who has consigned the bag to this auction, along with a notarized account of its history. The bag itself, made of canvas and leather, is unmarked and unassuming. It was probably replaced by a newer and more photogenic version when it was presented to Andrews. Also included are a golf ball and three tees believed to have been used by Eisenhower, as well as a long handled ball-scooper, which saved wear and tear on the back bending over to pick up one's ball in the course of the game. According to Mrs. Sale's letter, some clubs were also originally present, but they have disappeared over the years. The bag is 32.5" in height, and while it shows overall wear and aging, has no significant damage.

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    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
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