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VOG’S MODELS: Sheathed in colorful headcovers, Vogeney’s Cameron cache includes myriad rarieties, including (bottom) a numbered, personalized “Twisty-Neck.”

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ILL VOGENEY looks like a stockier version of Scotty Cameron, the world-famous putter designer whose works of art Vogeney has collected since stumbling upon one at the 1992 PGA Merchandise Show. “I noticed the dancing letters and dots on the flange,” he remembers. “It sat perfectly. When I rolled a few putts, the ball felt like

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a warm pat of butter coming off the blade.” Vogeney, who paid $125 for the Cameron Mizuno model, was hooked. And soon, so too were PGA Tour professionals. Bernhard Langer used one to win the 1993 Masters, and since 1997, at least 30 percent of all Tour players have rolled Camerons, more than any other putter. They have accounted for 28 major victories, including 13 by Tiger Woods. coloradoavidgo lf e r.c o m

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They also account for roughly 160 items in Vogeney’s collection. For this story, the Ent Federal Credit Union executive brings two stand bags brimming with his favorites to Colorado Springs Country Club. Their colorful head covers suggest vibrant floral arrangements that brighten up the golf shop. Among his prized putters are models made specifically for Langer, Payne Stewart and Nick Price. There’s the 1993 Santa Fe design of which only six exist. “The Clint,” a limited-edition putter made for a tournament at Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Club, boasts sole weights engraved with bullet holes and a six-shooter in the center. Vogeney loves the oil-can-finished editions, and the Twisty-Neck putter with a carbon-steel head that turns brownishpurple while its Twizzler-like stainlesssteel neck grows gray. “Vog” has gotten to know Cameron personally. In 2001, he co-authored with David Levine The Art of Putters: The Scotty Cameron Story, a book of great photographs and details on Scotty’s career and art. During the past 15 years he has received a number of unique items: Vogeney’s own customized “Miss Lena Wayback” model—featuring a neck in a curvaceous, womanly shape and a head

August 2013  

The August issue of Colorado AvidGolfer covers the Solheim Cup, being played at Colorado Golf Club August 13-18. Additional stories include:...