FSGO #18 – Craig Shankland Played in the Open Championship at 18 Years Old – His Insights

By on July 17, 2015

The Open Championship is this weekend. Hall of Fame teacher Craig Shankland played in two British Opens. He was the youngest to play as an 18 year old in 1958.

He has some great stories and insights. One of the Opens he played in was at the Old Course in 1960.

Listen to this podcast and you’ll love Craig’s stories if you love golf!

If you have any questions for Craig, put them in the comment section below.


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  1. Donald c. Rogers

    July 19, 2015 at 4:48 am


    Great to hear that you were the youngest at Lytham!!! I am at Royal County Down getting ready to tee off .
    I met Craig at Canoe Brook in 1960 and became great friends!!! Great to listen to Craig and hear his vice!!!

  2. Jim Buhl

    July 19, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I could listen to Craig talk about golf all day. I’m looking forward to more!

  3. Karl Swanson

    July 19, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Charlie,
    I received this website from Craig’s assistant and was so surprised with the content. Craig came to America in 1960 as an assistant pro at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit NJ. That’s where I and two other friends met him. Don Rogers, Bill Rekpe and me were sons of members and quickly became buddies with this your pro. Craig was new to America and was anxious to make new friends. We were all golfers who played on the winning 1961 high school golf team from Millburn. That summer the three of us played golf together and our families welcomed Craig as a new son. A few years ago, Craig told me that he will always appreciate what we did to introduce him to American culture. One was corn on the cob, pizza with pepper flakes and mooning. Until your story of his accomplishments of playing in two Open Championships, Craig never told Don, Bill or myself of his achievements. This just goes to show what kind of a man Craig is. If we had known of this, we’d have gone crazy. I’ve been on Craig’s newsletter for four or five years now and look forward to seeing him again soon.


    Karl Swanson

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