Dr. Leon Buck ’38: Still Golfing at Age 97 (Morning Sentinel)

Nels Corey '39 (left) and Leo Buck '38; Buck as a Bowdoin student.

Nels Corey ’39 (left) and Leo Buck ’38; Buck as a Bowdoin student.

Leon Buck ’38, has dedicated a sizable portion of his long life to the sport of golf. Buck, who lives in Bath, was a standout athlete at both Bowdoin and Morse High School.

He  is a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, the Maine Golf Hall of Fame, and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. He has also worked for nearly 80 years as a USGA rules official, monitoring holes during competitions and making thousands of friends when he travels across the country at his own expense.

He is featured in the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, along with three other celebrated athletes from ’38 and ’39. Read more about Buck’s golfing history from the Morning Sentinel.


  1. Understand you met up with my sister, Martha, at the bookstore today.

    By coincidence I was talking with another 96 year old golfing friend yesterday by the name of Jim Hand. He was part of the USGA gang I worked with at the 1981 US Open at Merion when I was Gallery Chairman.

    We had a great round together with Wil Nicholson and P J Boatright prior to the tournament. Wil asked Jim or a ruling on the very fast 12th green asking if his ball had moved. Jim’s reply was “that’s a decision you are required to make”.

    Have a nice day with daughter, True. She can hit it just fine.

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