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Through his many years of playing golf, Lee participated in a large number of Pro-Am events. During the Crosby and early AT&T National Pro-Am, as well as during the Bob Hope Classic, Lee and Diane hosted a number of pros at their homes.

Roger Maltbie

Roger and Lee were good friends for many years. Since Roger is a local Los Gatos/San Jose player, they spent many days on and off the golf course together. Too many stories to tell, while some shouldn't be shared. Roger has been a great friend of the Brandenburg's through the years.

Pictured from the left are Eric Brandenburg, Roger Maltbie, and Lee.


Billy Casper

Billy Casper and his wife, Shirley, were guests of the Brandenburg's during the Crosby Tournament at Pebble Beach. It has been said that Billy was one of the most underrated stars in golf history, not receiving the accolades he deserved. He wasn't a part of the "Big Three" (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player), but he won 51 tournaments, was awarded player of the year twice, played on the US Ryder Cup team eight times, and was the non-playing captain of the Ryder Cup team in 1979.

Because of Lee's and Billy's close friendship, the Billy Casper section in the museum has a number of personal items, for example, a 1970 Masters flag signed by Billy personally for Lee, a number of books and magazine covers with Billy, and a mallet head putter which Billy played with for many years.


Ken Venturi

Since Ken Venturi was a "local" Bay Area and San Jose State player,  Lee and Ken became friends through their support of Spartan Golf many years ago. Ken came back for many years to participate in the fundraiser called "A Day with Ken." He realized how devoted Lee, also a San Jose State alumnus, was to the program, and the two built a wonderful friendship. Our Ken Venturi display has a number of awards, trophies, and equipment from Ken's playing days, including the wedge he used when he won 

The US Open at Congressional in 1964. A special painting (shown on the right) is hanging in the museum depicting Ken's career in playing, and also later as a broadcaster.


Arnold Palmer

Through the years, Lee and Arnold Palmer crossed paths several times at various golf events. Lee spent a lot of time in the desert and he met Mr. Palmer during the Bob Hope Desert Classic along with other tour events. He played with Mr. Palmer in Pro-Ams a number of times. There is a head sculpture of Arnold on display as well as several pictures and memorabilia from Mr. Palmer's playing days. A rare, unopened Wheaties cereal box featuring Mr. Palmer and a framed program from the hisCelebration of Life is included in the display.


Tony Jacklin

Tony is another professional player whom Lee and Diane built a close friendship with. Tony and his wife live in Florida, and the Brandenburg's would visit each year during vacation. When the Jacklin's went to the west coast for vacation, they would come and stay with the Brandenburg's. The Tony Jacklin display has a number of items which Tony shared with Lee, including one of his Ryder Cup jackets when he was the captain of the European team. A very special piece is a marquetry wood portrait of Lee, created by Tony. While not as valuable as many items in the museum, it has always been one of the items closest to Lee's heart, since Tony put in hours to create it for him.


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