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R.I.P. Frank Chirkinian

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BitterYoungMatador2, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

  2. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Interesting, here's an interview from 2003. You could argue we're already halfway to this.


    http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/myshot_gd0309
     
  3. Bummer. The Masters is a four-day vacation of TV for me and he's a big reason for that.
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    How many people can lay claim to changing an entire scoring system? Chirkinian did, establishing the over/under par scoring method to make golf easier to follow on TV. RIP to a true visionary.
     
  5. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    Didn't know they started painting the cups white because of him so TV audiences could see the holes better.

    Loved him in Tin Cup. ... "Somebody tackle him!"
     
  6. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    'He's gonna end up renting golf carts the rest of his life, look at this! That was a 12.'
     
  7. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Nice tribute on CBS now at halftime of KU-Mizzou. Have a feeling it might get repeated during other games today.
     
  8. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Sure they'll do a nice tribute at the Masters this year.
     
  9. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Chirkinian didn't invent over-under par scoring, but he did bring it to TV, and the Masters grabbed it and ran with it. He was a genius, forcing CBS engineering to make possible long cable runs at the 1960 Winter Olympics, and directed the first live telecasts of the Indianapolis 500 (theater TV beginning in 1964).
     
  10. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Say what you want about Nantzy; That was a helluva tribute today.
     
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