Remembering Peter Dobereiner
It's the time of year when we remember loved ones who have left us, especially the funny ones. A California reader noted Editor Jerry Tarde's recent mention of the great English writer Peter Dobereiner, who wrote for Golf Digest, and sent a question.
In the most recent Golf Digest you mention Peter Dobereiner and it put me in mind of a quest that I had all but given up on. I used to own a book of his on golf humor. No one did it better. He had the combo of knowledge of the game and of course his special brand of twisted humor. I let a "friend" read my copy and never got it back but that's another story. In that particular book there was a chapter given to animal encounters. The one of paramount interest to me was the leg slapper about Nick Price on his first pro event after serving his mandatory military term. It told of how Nick hit a low screamer off the tee just as a family of bush hogs ran acros the fairway. His ball and the large male arrived at the same place at the same time and as he was facing away from Nick the ball uhhhh plugged. he left the scene squealing with the ball still firmly plugged. Of course the ruling was detailed etc. I have had many tellings of this to be met by "no way" "prove it" etc. I of course can find no record of it elsewhere and the book is long since out of publishing. Do you know this story? Can you confirm it for me please. I can then save that an march it out for these folks of little faith. Thank you and have a healthy, happy holiday.
Bob Mauro, Whitby CA
Bob, think you're referring to Peter's The Book of Golf Disasters
. It's available on Amazon. Here's Jerry's reply your question about the Nick Price story:
Peter’s story of Nick Price and the wild boar is exactly as Mr. Mauro remembers it. I recall publishing the account in Golf Digest back in the 1980s, and later it was included in an anthology. Even more accurate is the recollection of Peter Dobereiner as an insightful humorist without peer in the literature of golf. We miss him as a friend and colleague, but the world misses what he’d say about golf today.
Peter died in 1996. As we prepare for golf returning to the Olympics, here's a 1993 story by Peter
on golf's other inclusion in the Games.