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US Open and Church Bells

US Open and Church Bells

Professional golf tournaments are known for the hushed tones and silence while the players are making their shots but this year’s US Open will compete, at least on the sixth green, with the bells of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Ardmore, PA, ringing the hours and half hours according to the New York Times:

St. George’s Episcopal Church is about 150 yards from the sixth green at the Merion Golf Club, where the United States Open will begin June 13.

The bells in the 81-year-old church tower ring every 30 minutes, a harmonic, if striking, clangor that interrupts the usual hush enveloping a putting green.

Imagine Tiger Woods poised over a crucial putt on the sixth hole during the final day of the Open. If his caddie has done his homework, he will not let Woods begin his stroke at the top or the bottom of the hour. Because no one has told St. George’s to turn off its bells.

Watch rector of St George’s and others from Merion comment on the upcoming tournament here.


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Matthew Buterbaugh+

Ryan, I was about to post this to your Facebook page to see how loud and often those bells would ring.


Don’t worry, we won’t be!

Ryan Whitley


“Because no one has told St. George’s to turn off its bells.”

They absolutely should not turn them off!

JC Fisher

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