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'Seinfeld' star John O’Hurley, 'real J. Peterman,' to auction real John F. Kennedy golf club

March 03, 2016

“Seinfeld” fans take note: The real J. Peterman, as actor John O’Hurley identifies himself on Twitter, will be auctioning off a real John F. Kennedy golf club later this month.

O’Hurley, an avid golfer, will do as part of the American Cancer Society’s 48th Annual 19th Hole Club presented by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust on March 21 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. O’Hurley will be hosting.

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“The golf club was in our archive room at the American Cancer Society Island of Palm Beach,” Candi Spitz, Development Manager, Distinguished Events for the ACS Florida Division, said. “We were holding off for the 50th anniversary [of the 19th Hole Club] when we found it, but with John O’Hurley hosting we thought this would a perfect tie-in.”

Recall that in the “Seinfeld” episode from 1996, J. Peterman had Elaine Benes bid on a set of President John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs.

Spitz said that Kennedy’s mother, Rose, and his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver “were distinguished donors” of the American Cancer Society in Palm Beach in the early ‘60s and were the likely sources for the club, a MacGregor Tommy Armour SS2 CF4000 9-iron.

Though O’Hurley will be serving as the auctioneer, the American Cancer Society has decided to turn it into a national, online auction. "We're exploring the best way to do it," Spitz said. Proceeds will go to the ACS.