A TALL TALE
oiled quite the career
One of the golf stories Lou Riggs likes to tell involves a tourna- ment he won – eventually – at Atlantic City Country Club. Riggs carded a 4-under-par 66 to trump the field, but officials awarded the trophy to a player who finished 10 shots back.
Riggs was dumbfounded. As were his friends, so
much so that one approached the tournament committee and adamantly attested Riggs’ score.
“They said, ‘We saw that score, but we didn’t
believe it. We didn’t think anyone could shoot a
score that low,’” Riggs said. “About six months
later, they did award me a trophy because they
realized they made a mistake. It’s one of my fond
memories in golf.”
One look at Riggs’ résumé erases any doubt
about his golfing ability. The longtime Manufac-
turers Golf & Country Club member holds four
“the biggest thing I’ve
gotten from golf is it’s a
Tournament of Champions titles, 12 match play appearances in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s
Amateur Championship and countless better-ball
tournament trophies. His hardware collection may
not match that of William Hyndman, III or R. Jay
Sigel, but Riggs belongs in their company.
Riggs started playing golf at the age of 5. He
participated in group lessons under the direction of
Wally Paul at Old York Road Country Club, where
his parents were members. Riggs attended Penn
State University as a business major and competed
on its golf team. The Korean War briefly interrupted his tenure there; Riggs spent two years stationed
at the Navy communications bureau in a Washington, D.C. Upon graduation in 1956, he worked at
his father’s Cadillac dealership in Jenkintown, Pa.
Golf’s role in his life continued to grow. Riggs
auditioned for his first GAP Amateur Champion-
ship in 1957. He fell to Cedarbrook Country Club’s
Sam Maniaci, 6& 4, in the second round on the lat-
ter’s home turf. Riggs returned in a fury two years
later, charging his way to the semifinals at Philmont
Country Club. He suffered a tough, 2&1, defeat at
the hands of Torresdale-Frankford Country Club’s
Connie Campbell, the eventual champion that year.
Tony Regina is in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Communications for the Golf Association