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Jun 13, 2018 10:22 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Shinnecock Tribe Member And World War II Veteran Lubin Hunter, 101 Years Old, Meets Tiger Woods At U.S. Open On Tuesday

Tiger Woods with Lubin Hunter.  COURTESY USGA
Jun 13, 2018 1:19 PM

One of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s most venerable members met one of golf’s legends at the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Tuesday.

Tribal member Lubin Hunter, who recently celebrated his 101st birthday, was introduced to Tiger Woods after Mr. Woods’s morning practice round at the course. Mr. Woods may be the world’s most famous golfer, but Mr. Hunter has had a truly remarkable, if not world-renowned, life. He is a World War II veteran who flew B-17 bombers over England and in the South Pacific as one of the Army Air Corps’ “Fly Boys.” He grew up on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, attending its one-room school before ultimately graduating from Southampton High School. He worked many different jobs, living in Queens for a time, before returning to his home on the Reservation, where he still lives today.

Mr. Hunter is a lifelong fan of golf, and was a founding member of the Shinnecock Golfer Association, which hosted tournaments at several clubs on the East End, including nearby Shinnecock Hills. In his younger years, he worked as a caddy at the club, for longtime pro Charlie Thom, who he recalled in an interview last year as a “rough old Scotsman.” He said Mr. Thom taught him and other friends who worked at the course as caddies how to play, and always insisted they look their best, with shoes shined and a pressed white shirt. If they didn’t comply with those rules, Mr. Hunter said, they were sent home to change their clothes. Mr. Hunter said last year, on the cusp of his 100th birthday, that he would still occasionally take out a golf club and hit a few balls well into his 90s. On Tuesday at Shinnecock, he reveled in the presence of pro golfers at the course he played and worked many decades ago, smiling while enjoying a beer in the sunshine with his family.

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> "He is a World War II veteran who flew B-17 bombers over England"

With no disrespect to Centurian Lubin Hunter, the more impressive history would have been reporting that he flew B-17s over Hitler's "Fortress Europe."

I suspect that The Press' reporter's knowledge of WW II is a little fuzzy, only that it took place over there somewhere,

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 13, 18 11:58 AM
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Man.. you sure are a history expert. Thanks for the clarification! Geez.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Jun 13, 18 4:16 PM
Geez, indeed! It has nothing to with expertisein history, and everything to do with clarity and precision in writing -- though the distinction is probably beyond your ken.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 13, 18 8:02 PM
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By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 13, 18 8:23 PM
It's astonishing how quickly leftists have become kneejerk defenders and bootlickers of corporate media. "How dare you criticize my allies!".
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Jun 13, 18 8:35 PM
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Easy Frank... the planes had to have taken off from somewhere!
By kicker0224 (4), East Moriches on Jun 13, 18 12:42 PM
He sure looks great for his age!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 13, 18 3:50 PM
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Standing at that age is an achievement! Someone should ask the obvious, "To what do you attribute your long, healthy life?".
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Jun 13, 18 8:37 PM
Clean livin', and plenty of vit C.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 18 8:57 PM
I don't know about that clean living part. A good proportion of the 110 year olds asked that question seem to credit a daily serving of alcohol! (though never tobacco or fatty foods, I guess those who would aren't around to give that as an answer).
By NateNewtown (99), east on Jun 14, 18 9:03 AM
Wonderful story! Nice to read some good stuff. And yes, it probably is clean livin’ and Vitamin C, Mr. Z.!
By Moral Dolphin (50), Southampton on Jun 14, 18 7:33 AM
Happy Birthday, Lubin!
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 18 8:26 AM
Congratulations. You look marvelous Mr. Hunter.
By GOTGOD (14), Southampton on Jun 22, 18 11:52 AM
Lubin Hunter is my hero, and wish him the very best. He looks great for 101 years young. Thank you for the opportunity to compete at Shinnecock Hills, so many years ago. God bless
By fairwayqueen (2), Monroe, New York on Jul 20, 18 9:22 AM