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Joseph F. Smith on the Golf Course

Presiding Bishop Charles W. Nibley introduced his close friend President Joseph F. Smith to the game of golf. Once, Nibley recalled, President Smith’s ball was within a hundred feet of the hole. “A slight stroke should have driven the ball nearer the flag,” he said, “but the inclination to look up as one tries to hit the ball got the best of him.” Twice President Smith took his eye off the ball at the last second and his stroke fell short. “The third time he went up to it and hit [the ball] a whack that sent it rolling one hundred feet beyond the flag. His son, Wesley, who was playing with us, called out, ‘Why, papa, what did you do that for? You knew it would roll away down there in the ditch!’ The President straightened up and said, rather severely, ‘Well, I was mad at it!’”

Charles W. Nibley, “Reminiscences of President Joseph F. Smith,” Improvement Era, vol. 22, no. 3 (Jan. 1919), 194–95