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Printers' Pastimes -- Outside the Lines, II

April 2003
by chris bauer

The printing industry is packed with interesting and creative people. And it isn't just inside the pressroom or prepress department that graphic arts professionals shine. Outside of the print shop, things seem to get even more exciting.

As a follow-up to our September 2002 article, PI found more members of the printing fraternity with unusual and interesting hobbies. Here are the tales of what some of your contemporaries like to do after the lights in the plant go dark.

Winfield Padgett

Padgett Printing

Although an interest in golf has become as common as starched-white shirts for many business executives, Win Padgett, chairman of Padgett Printing and grandson of the Dallas-based company's founder Cyrus Padgett, does more than hit the driving range on the weekends.

A member of the varsity golf team in college, Padgett played only occasionally during his tour of duty on two destroyers in the U..S. Navy and subsequently in his professional life in Dallas. But his early exposure to the sport had a lasting and profound effect.

"My father (Hal Padgett) was a good player and member of a local club where I learned the game through caddying, practice and later playing with him," Padgett recounts. "The historical aspects of the game, its early days in Scotland, the lore surrounding some of its heroes like Alan Robertson, Old and Young Tom Morris and Bobby Jones, and the embodiment of life's most enduring lessons—honesty, sportsmanship, dealing with adversity, etc.—have all contributed to my fascination with and affection for the game."

Student of the Game

He became interested in the history of the game when he joined two friends in a sports collectibles gallery in Dallas in the 1980s—and through one of those associates, he was introduced to the Museum & Library Committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Following his co-chairing one of the USGA national championships in Dallas at his home club in 1987, Padgett became much more active in Rules of Golf activities with the local USGA sectional affairs volunteers, and has since helped with the administration of the qualifying events for USGA championships in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

In 1998, he was nominated and selected to be one of 15 members on the Executive Committee of the USGA (a position that expired in January 2003) as treasurer for the national governing body of golf.

Winfield Padgett (left), co-owner and chairman of Padgett Printing, shown with Philip A. Truett, member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, at the 2001 Hickory Grail International Team Competition at Kilspindie Links.
Winfield Padgett, co-owner and chairman of Padgett Printing, poses with John Crow Miller, a Dallas-area attorney, at the 2001 Hickory Grail International Team Competition at Kilspindie Links, outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Having a devotion to the history of the game, Padgett has for some time been a member of both the Golf Collectors Society and the British Golf Collectors Society, and has joined a small group of individuals throughout the United States and the United Kingdom who play golf regularly with ancient (pre-1900) and modern (1900-1930) hickory golf clubs.


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