Today is also the birthdate of Old Tom Morris. I recently came across his name in a New Yorker article. The mag I picked up in the giveaway box at the Ellsworth Public Library; the reading I did flying back home from Maine after a really excellent family week in the Blue Hill area. The article appears in the 'Far-Flung Correspondents' section of the April 20 issue; it's The Ghost Course, by David Owen. I recommend to you the article, the library, and the week on the down-east coast of ME.
You can read about Morris in wikipedia and a site called The Life of Tom Morris, along with quite a few other golf-history web pages.