Do Dogs Make Good Caddies?

The magazine measured just 8.25 by 5.50 inches back in those days. The “most beautiful golfer,” on the cover, was Elaine Goodman, a junior at Wichita University, in Kansas. She was five-two and weighed a hundred and five pounds, according to the article, and she was selected by a panel of golf writers (chilling thought).

A decade ago, I bought a collection of old Golf Digest magazines in an online auction. Even after ten years, I can tell that the seller didn’t live in what eBay listings refer to as a “smoke-free home.” I don’t mind the smell, though, because the magazines—which are from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and are teensy—are full of interesting material, like this article from 1957:

King, in the photo above, won the first National Dog Caddie Contest, which was held at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, outside Chicago, in 1956, and was sponsored by the Bee Bindery, a privately owned printing company. King was eleven years old when he won, and had been caddying for ten years. The tournament was founded by Art Biltstein, who is holding the trophy in the photo below. Biltstein owned the Bee Bindery. When he died, in 2006, at the age of ninety-seven, he was survived by his third wife.

Art Biltstein with King, Beau, and Jupiter (who tied for second) and their owners.

Men sure pulled their pants up high in those days. And check out Biltstein’s socks! Dogs looked about the same, though. And a year and a half later Golf Digest ran this:

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