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National Mulligan Day October 17


National Mulligan Day is observed annually on October 17. 

In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action. Mulligan Day was created as a day for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”   

According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

According to the USGA, the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940s.


We can all think of something that at one point in time we have said,“I wish I could do that over.”   To celebrate National Mulligan Day, take your do-over. Use #NationalMulliganDay to post on social media.


C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a day to have a fresh start.  Along with Mulligan Day, Rhodes created Brother’s Day (May 24) and National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August).

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