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Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez (born October 23, 1935 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the PGA's World Golf Hall of Fame. October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... San Juan, the Spanish for Saint John, is a common toponym in parts of the world where Spanish is or was spoken: Argentina San Juan Province San Juan, Argentina, the capital of that province Cuba San Juan Hill Mexico San Juan, Campeche San Juan, Chihuahua San Juan, Coahuila San Juan... Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States and claims to be the largest working sports organization in the world with more than 27,000 members. ... The World Golf Hall of Fame [1] is located in St. ...

Rodriguez was born into a poor family, one of six siblings. His father used to earn only $18 a week as a laborer and cattle handler. When Rodriguez was only six years old, he would help the family by earning money as a water carrier on a sugar plantation. One day Juan wandered off, as many children his age do, but into a golf course. When he saw that the caddies were earning more money than him, he decided to become a caddy himself. This article is about the sport of golf. ... In golf, caddy (or caddie) is the person who carries a players bag, and gives insightful advice and moral support. ...

Rodriguez would sometimes go into a neighborhood baseball field where he would dig a hole into the ground and bury an open empty can. He then would take a branch from a guava tree and turn it into a golf club. Using a baseball as a "golf ball", he would practice what he had seen the "real" golfers do, teaching himself how to play golf. By the time he was nine years old, he was proficient at golf and in 1947 at the age of 12, he scored a remarkable 67. A baseball field is a playing field used for baseball. ... Species About 100 species, including: Psidium cattleianum - Strawberry Guava Psidium friedrichsthalium - Costa Rica Guava Psidium guajava - Apple Guava Psidium guineense - Guinea Guava Psidium littorale - Cattley Guava Psidium montanum - Mountain Guava Guava (from Spanish Guayaba; Goiaba in Portuguese) is a genus of about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees... Golf is played with golf clubs of various types. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

In 1954, when Rodriguez was 19, he joined the Army. During his breaks, he would visit whichever golf course was nearby, where he continued to perfect his game. 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...

Rodriguez turned professional in 1960. In 1965, at 28, Rodriguez won the Denver Open, which he considers as his favorite win. In total he won eight titles on the PGA TOUR between 1963 and 1979. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The PGA TOUR (correctly rendered in all caps) is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA which operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ...

At first, Rodriguez used to put his hat over the hole whenever he made a birdie or eagle. After he heard that other golfers were complaining about his little act, he decided to try something new. Juan developed his signature "toreador dance", where he would make believe that the birdie was a "bull" and that his putter was a "sword" and he would terminate the "bull". Rodriguez represented Puerto Rico on 12 World Cup teams. In 1986, he won the Hispanic Recognition Award. In 1988, he was named Replica's Hispanic Man of the Year. This is a list of common golfing terms. ... This is a list of common golfing terms. ... The words toreador and torero are used in English to designate the main performer of Spanish-style bullfighting, who taunts and kills the bull. ... Golf is played with golf clubs of various types. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize native and naturalized U.S. citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America or the original settlers of the traditionally Spanish-held Southwestern United... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Rodriguez became eligible to play on the PGA Senior Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) in 1985 and did so for many years with great success, accumulating twenty two tournament victories between 1986 and 1993. He was the first player on the PGA Senior Tour to win the same event in three consecutive years. He set a tour record with eight consecutive birdies en route to a win at the 1987 Silver Page Classic. The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003) Events Media:January January 1 - Czechoslovakia divides. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1992, Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez was inducted into the PGA's World Golf Hall of Fame, the first Puerto Rican so honored. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

On one occasion Rodriguez had a brief encounter with Mother Teresa. He considers that moment as the greatest moment in his life. This encounter inspired him to help others. Rodriguez, together with former pro golfer Bill Hayes and the late Bob Jones, established the "Chi-Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation", an afterschool program at the Glen Oaks Golf Course in Clearwater, Florida. The principal idea behind the foundation is to instill self-esteem in young people who are victims of abuse, have experienced minor brushes with the law, or have suffered other hardships. Rodriguez also bought his mother a house and gave financial help to his brothers and sisters. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 27, 1910 – September 5, 1997) was an internationally renowned and controversial Catholic nun and founder of the Missionaries of Charity whose work among the poor of Calcutta was widely reported. ... Bill Hayes (born June 5, 1925) is an American actor, best known for his role as Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives. ... Bob Jones can refer to a number of different people. ... Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida. ... In psychology, self-esteem or self-worth is a persons self-image at an emotional level; circumventing reason and logic. ...

In October 1998, Rodriguez suffered a heart attack. He had an angioplasty to clear the blocked artery and made a recovery. He is married with one daughter. October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... Angioplasty is the mechanical dilation of an artery that have been obstructed, generally due to atheroma (the lesion of atherosclerosis). ...

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The Chi Chi Zone: Chi Chi's History (473 words)
Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez was born in 1935 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
But what separates Chi Chi from everyone else is that he has coupled his success on the golf course with a strong personal desire to make a positive impact.
Chi Chi's philosophy is simple, he wants kids to have a chance.
Key Speakers Bureau Inc. (607 words)
Chi-Chi Rodriguez was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, in 1935 and as a young boy helped his father work the hot, dusty sugar cane fields.
Rodriguez has not won since 1993 and some of his troubles on the course have coincided with a loss of power.
In October 1998, Rodriguez had a heart attack just before he was to play in a Senior PGA Tour event in California.
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