version of letter from Pa Governor Raymond
P. Shaferletter to Ed Sullivan inviting
him to celebrity/blind fund raiser
Bob Hope lines up a shot for Charles Tooth, president of the U.
S. Blind Golfers Foundation.
Watching with interest are Jack Trinsey
(left), George Fazio,
William Jenkins, vice-president of Coca-Cola
and Gov. Raymond P..Shafer.
They're off to play in the tourney. Bob Hope and George
Fazio (partly shaded) escort defending blind golf champion Charley
Boswell of Birming ham, Ala., at left, while Gov. Raymond
and Ralph Ebing guest PGA Professional flank Charles Tooth, president
of the blind golfers. That's promotion coordinator Jack Trinsey
at far right.
HOPE for the blind!"-tournament is
born at Edgmont Golf Club
Bob Hope is surely the patron saint of the blind golfer because
of his twenty years service to that cause.
It was at Los Angeles in 1948, that Hope first teamed with blind
golfer, Charles E. Tooth, who last year founded the U.S. Blind
Golfers Foundation, Inc., and serves as its president.
Both these men have nurtured the blind golfers program over
the years and this Fall the 3rd International Blind Golfers Tournament
was awarded to Edgmont Golf Club, Edgemont , Pa. October 2, 3,
The tournament format consisted of play-offs for international
individual and team champions and exhibition rounds ... blind contenders
matched with Bob Hope, Gov. Raymond P. Shafer, plus other celebrities.
When Edgmont's President, Nazz Mariani, and Pro Tiny Pedone, took
on the tournament they wanted to do something extra special to
honor Bob's 20 years service to the blind golfers. paradoxically,
they went to a nongolfer, a former Olympic oarsmen, idea-man
John S. (Jack) Trinsey, Jr.,of Upper Merion Township .
Jack was the rowing partner of Jack Kelly, Jr., the brother of
Princess Grace, at the 1948 London Olympics.
Trinsey's "Hope for the Blind" Tournament could become
one of the big classics in the golf game, to say nothing of the
financial aid it could bring to the blind.
An 18-hole medal play, open to amateurs with an approved club
handicap, it has a "Hope for the Blind Gold Trophy," for
low gross and "Hope for the Blind Silver Trophy," for
low net. Both trophies were awarded by Bob Hope at a gala "Hope
for the Blind Awards Banquet." A copper embossed picture of
the presentation is affixed on the trophy -a handsome plaque.
The tourney concept was new but it drew a welcome appreciation
from 46 golfers in its first effort.
But it did happen. It proved an exciting challenge to compete
for a golf trophy named in honor of Bob Hope . . . and for its
purpose-Help for the Blind!
(Left -Right) Tanino "Tiny" Pedone, Bob
Hope, Charles E. Tooth President of the Blind Golfers, Nazz Mariani,
PA Governor Raymond Shafer
October 4th, 1967
Coverage in the Philadelphia Inquire october 1,3,4
&5 th 1967
October 1, 1967 Sunday Magazine
October 3. 1967
4, 1967 October
the Hope for the Blind 1967
Mid Atlantic Blind Golfers Tournment Program November
Great photos and coverage of Hope for the Blind Event
Video of the Hope for the Blind on
Youtube Channel for Edgmont Country Club