in 2005. His autograph hunt morphed
into a larger project. The Ryder Cup:
A Signature History is a six-volume,
lavishly-bound collection containing
the signatures of the 320 competitors,
artifacts, photographs and accounts of
each of the 39 Ryder Cups.
“There are people out there who
want something that no one else will
ever have,” says Juskewycz, who hopes
to sell A Signature History for $200,000
to $250,000 this spring. “Limited edi-
tion books are very much a part of golf
history and collecting. My idea was
to have it be ‘one of one’ and not just
about something but be a book that
actually has memorabilia in it.”
Along with the signatures—some of
the earlier, lesser-known British play-
ers such as John Panton were hard-
est to find—is a 1929 “Bon Voyage”
program of photographs signed by the
U.S. team including Walter Hagen and
Gene Sarazen, and a copy of a speech
(with handwritten notes) Samuel
Ryder gave at the conclusion of the
While the Ryder Cup is an expensive
extravaganza now, producing millions
for organizers on both sides of the
Atlantic, that wasn’t always the case.
Among the items
collection is a
1929 letter from
of the British PGA who was trying
to figure out a way to get his players’
expenses covered for that year’s com-
petition—in England. —Bill Fields
Golf Mecca attracts
a really ‘big’ bet
�� Dewey Tomko is a gambling man,
one of only 46 people in the World
Poker Hall of Fame as well as Rocco
Mediate’s first choice among anyone
alive to make a putt for $1 million.
The 67-year-old Tomko, who last
worked for a salary as a kindergarten
teacher in the 1970s, has made a big
bet in recently opening Dewey’s, a
12,000-square-foot indoor golf center
and sports grill in Orlando.
Located a couple of miles from Bay
Hill, the place did decent business
during the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tomko hopes the resulting word of
mouth will help make it a hot spot in
one of America’s golf Meccas.
Like the casinos where Tomko has
made a fortune, Dewey’s is vast and
sumptuous and energized. Sixty big
screen televisions keep colors flashing.
There are statues of Dewey, his late
father, and his four sons, and, high
along the walls, golf bags embossed
with names of great gambling golfers
are displayed. Open most days from
7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Dewey’s wants to be
known as family-friendly, a business-
01Adam Scott leads by as many as eight shots before Sunday 76
leaves him third at Bay Hill.
Just because you own a green jacket doesn’t
mean you can’t have a bad day at work.
02 Matt Every wins first PGA Tour title despite late bogeys.
Frankly, we were rooting for an Every-Keegan Bradley playoff. Their combined
nervous energy could fuel a fleet of NetJets.
03 Lingering back problems cause Tiger Woods to withdraw
from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Without question, this could be a
04 Karrie Webb’s (above) closing 63 takes the J TBC Founders
Cup for her second title of 2014.
Gotta think the Founders were keen on a
39-year-old winning their event.
05 Jay Monahan, tabbed PGA Tour deputy commissioner,
seen as Tim Finchem’s successor.
As Shaquille O’Neal once said: “Those are
big shoes to fill.”
06 World Golf Hall of Fame changes selection process,
tightens admissions criteria.
Think Dottie Pepper, Meg Mallon and
Laura Davies aren’t smiling?
07 Tour beefs up security for Kevin Na after hecklers target
him at Bay Hill.
Hats off to the Bay Hill fans who showed
him a little love and broke out “Kevin Na:
Worth the Wait” T-shirts on Saturday.
08 Former USGA executive dir- ector and ABC TV rules expert
Frank Hannigan dies at 82.
Talk about somebody living up to a name.
Nobody did frank like Frank.
09 Jack Fleck, known for his upset win over Ben Hogan at
the 1955 U. S. Open, dies at 92.
Hogan’s take on Fleck: “Guts and fortitude.”
1965 Ryder Cup