Golf Heritage Society Announces Schedule for 2023 GHS National Convention

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (September 7, 2023) – The Golf Heritage Society (  announced the schedule of events for its 52nd GHS National Convention, to be held Oct. 11-14,  2023, in Lexington, Kentucky. A full agenda of workshops, golf history presentations and golf outings is planned, as well as the ever-popular trade show, where some of the world’s most fascinating golf collectibles will be available for trade or purchase. 

“The GHS will present an exciting array of activities at this year’s convention,” said Dr. Bern  Bernacki, president of the Society. “Golf history will come alive in a variety of experiences for  attendees.” 

This year’s convention will honor two of Lexington’s own, accomplished amateur player Marion  Miley and Tour player Gay Brewer. 

Local attractions, such as horse racing, distillery tours and historic destinations, will provide additional entertainment options. 

The schedule of events for the 2023 GHS National Convention is as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 11 

An “Early Bird” golf outing is slated at Cherry Blossom Golf Club, in the nearby town of  Georgetown. Rated “Kentucky’s Best New Golf Course” when it opened, the course was voted by Golfweek Magazine as the “#1 public golf course in the state of Kentucky” for seven years running (2004-2020). The golf course was created by renowned golf course architect Clyde  Johnston. 

Thursday, Oct. 12 

In the morning, an official from the United States Golf Association will make a presentation on  “How the USGA Golf Museum and Library Preserves Kentucky Golf History.” 

The GHS National Hickory Golf Tournament will commence with a 12 noon shotgun start at the  Gay Brewer, Jr. Course at Picadome. A well-regarded municipal layout, the course is named for its native son and the winner of 10 PGA Tour events, highlighted by his victory at the 1967  Masters Tournament.

In the evening, a “19th Hole” reception at the historic Lexington Country Club will feature three entertaining presentations. Author Beverly Bell will talk about the life and times of Marion Miley, the amateur golfer of international stature who was tragically murdered at the Club. Also, Bob Boring, Gay Brewer’s club maker and caddie, will share stories about their times together. Lastly, Stuart Bendelow will discuss the work of his grandfather, Tome Bendelow, who was known as the “Johnny Appleseed of American Golf” for his 600 course designs, one of which is Lexington Country Club. 

Friday, Oct. 13 

Three educational seminars will follow the General Membership Meeting. 

A club collector workshop on the “History of the Driver” will be presented by Bobby Grace and  Bob Boring. 

“How to Display and Preserve Your Collection” will be presented by John Capers III and David  Moore. Capers is the historian at Merion Golf Club and David Moore is the curator of collections at Oakmont Country Club. 

A third presentation, on the topic of card and autograph collecting, will be offered by (TBD). 

The evening will be marked by the GHS Annual Banquet, with Society honors being awarded and remarks by dinner speaker Bob Boring. 

Saturday, Oct. 14 

The Annual Trade Show will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.  Fascinating golf collectibles, including hickory golf clubs, books, medals, trophies, ceramics and books, will be available for purchase. 

About the Golf Heritage Society 

Founded in 1970, the GHS is a global nonprofit organization that honors and preserves golf’s history. 

GHS membership benefits include invitations to local and regional events as well as the annual national convention; the celebrated quarterly magazine, The Golf; the GHS member directory;  over 50 years of GHS archives; invitations to live Zoom presentations by notable individuals in golf; the Gazette, with features about golf history; the Newswire, with monthly updates about  GHS activities; and – best of all – unrivaled camaraderie with others who value the history and traditions of the game. 

For information or to join the GHS, visit

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