Ogi Overman becomes Donald Ross(not Ed Ross or Jim Ross or Marian Ross) and WOWS crowd at The Wyndham, as Schlosser and CBS take notice

Posted by Andy Durham on August 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

from Jim Schlosser(formerly News and Record), as a special to The Pilot, which we think coincides with the old Virginian Pilot…….It’s all on Ogi Overman, editor of the Jamestown News and formerly of YES! Weekly, ESP, The Chatham News and The Sports Page…..CLICK HERE to read all and to see the outstanding Ogi Overman/Donald Ross photo and check out a portion/tidbit on Ogi below…..

GREENSBORO – About four years ago a co-worker of newsman Ogi Overman showed him an advertisement with a long ago photo of the famed golf course architect Donald Ross of Pinehurst.

“Does that look like anyone you know?” the woman asked.

Overman was flabbergasted.

“It looked just like me,” he said.

Same build, same rounded face, same mustache, similar spectacles. Friends suggested he dress up in 1920s attire and take a Donald Ross impersonation show on the road. Overman, who is editor of the Jamestown News (Jamestown is a small town near Greensboro), said he got cold feet at first.

Then last year he approached Wyndham Championship director Mark Brazil about attending the Wyndham dressed as Donald Ross. It would be a perfect fit. In 1926, Ross designed Sedgefield. In 1938, two rounds of the first Wyndham Championship, then known as the Greater Greensboro Open, were played at Sedgefield, Starmount Country Club hosted the other two rounds.

“Brazil gave me his blessing,” says Overman, who was out on the course Thursday and Friday wearing in 90 plus degree weather a blended wool jacket and matching knickers or, in golf parlance, “plus fours.”

“I had two outfits last year. I’m up to four this year,” who gave himself a break Saturday by wearing knickers made of polyester and a plaid vest. Of course, he wears the Tam O’Shanter cap, as did Ross.

Overman initial outfit was rented from a costume store in Greensboro. He has now found tailors who can make clothes to his specifications, or better, Ross’s. A woman in Winston-Salem makes him shirts with rounded collars exactly like men wore in the 1920s when Ross was in his heyday. (He died in 1948).

As Overman roams Sedgefield, people in the gallery do double takes. Some ask, “Mr Ross, how is your course playing today?.” They know exactly who he is portraying. They ask to take photos of him. A CBS staff member told him Saturday if it’s possible, it will try to get a shot of him when the network covers the tournament in the afternoon.


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