The year was 1995; Yahoo! was founded in Santa Clara, California; the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX and Bill Clinton was in his third year as President.
That same year President Clinton made a trip down to Palm Beach National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
“I didn’t know I was going to be playing with President Clinton until Air Force One touched down that day, I wasn’t given much notice,” Jane Broderick told us.
Broderick is the director of golf at Palm Beach National Resort and Spa; originally from Johnstown, New York, she’s been around PGA National Resort for 30 years. She’s a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Master Professional, she oversees golf operations such as resort guests, members, academy students and helps with various internal tasks.
President Clinton, Broderick and a host of Secret Service went off No. 1 of The Champion Course. Known for its stretch of holes called the “Bear Trap,” the Tom and George Fazio-designed golf course is the resort’s crown jewel and home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic.
The group reached No. 5, a 152-yard par three, which is arguably the easiest par three on the course.
Broderick fondly recalls the President’s bogey there, “He hit two in the drink, missed the green from the drop area, chipped up, missed the putt and took a bogey.”
He’s a President and has the power to veto a quintuple bogey, eight… I suppose.