Not all of the plaques at Merion Golf Club are dedicated to legends such as Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan.
As I was surveying the 18th green today, I noticed a plaque at the base of the flag pole. No, not the plaque for Jones, whose plaque on the 11th hole commemorates his capping the U.S. Amateur in 1930 to complete the Grand Slam. And no, not for Hogan, whose iconic 1-iron on the 18th fairway in the 1950 U.S. Open aided his playoff triumph just 16 months after an auto accident nearly killed him.
Instead, this plaque represents the exact spot where the club buried a time capsule Jan. 1, 1997. It is intended to remain unopened until 2047. That'll be the 50-year anniversary of its placement below the surface.
"I'm not even sure what they put in it," Bob Morey, a member at Merion since 1973, tells GCM.
Well, Bob, here ya go. Some of what is entombed:
U.S. Open programs from 1950, 1971, 1981; Richard Heilman's 1986 club history; roster of the 1996 members; Merion scorecards; and a letter from club president Rusty Sharp, intended for the club president in 2047.
Morey, who turns 66 on Thursday, laughed when asked if he thinks he'll make it until 2047 to see the time capsule unearthed.
"I don't think so," he said. "With this weather, I'm aging quickly."