The game of golf is of ancient origin - ancient far beyond the dogmas of any sporting historian. Virgil, in the second book of the Georgics, wrote: "Miscueruntque herbas, et non innoxia verba," which, being liberally translated, means: "And they stood in the rough, and cursed." Herodotus, evidently mindful of one of the sections of Rule XXVIII, once said: "Akineta kineis," or "You're smoothing the line of your putt, and it's my hole." Mr. George Herbert, in his "Outlandish Proverbs," published in 1639, stated flatly that "he who once hits is ever bending"; and John Ray, writing a century later, quoted as a very aged and bewhiskered motto: "Youth will have its swing." And of course if I chose to adduce scriptural evidence to demonstrate that long tee-shots are not entirely the result of rubber-cored balls, I could easily refer to II Kings, IX, 20, wherein the discourse is of the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi, "for he driveth furiously."