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The Johns of Aronimink

Paying Aronimink a visit in search of the real stories behind two of golf’s most under-appreciated characters: John Shippen and John McDermott.

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With Aronimink Golf Club set to host the KPMG Ladies PGA Championship, Tom Coyne and Casey Bannon pay the Donald Ross blue-chipper a visit in search of the real stories behind two of golf’s most under-appreciated characters: John Shippen and John McDermott. As it quickly becomes apparent, you can’t talk about America’s first Black golf professional and caddie-turned-U.S. Open-champion without the ‘Mink.

Because of his erratic behavior, coupled with perhaps his girlfriend’s parents not approving, he finds himself in an insane asylum up in New England. And essentially, at 24 years old, he gets put away for the rest of his life.”

John Burnes