Birdie (1911,1912), and some "Bogey"/"Bogie"

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   OED has "birdie" from 1921?
   FWIW:  There's a photo in today's newspaper of President George W. Bush playing golf.

   Birdie Handicap at Plainfield.
Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Jul 9, 1911. p. C7 (1 page):
   PLAINFIELD, N. J., July 8.--Something new in golf was tried to-day at the Plainfield Country Club.  It was called a "Birdie Handicap."  Each player took his match play handicap and every hole in bogie counted 1 point, every one on par 2 points, and every hole below par 3 points.

New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 28, 1912. p. 9 (1 page):
(Last sport article--ed.)
_Theodore H. Keer Leads Field In_
   _Two Cup Contest._
   More than seventy-five members of the Baltusrol Golf Club took part in the week-end competition which began on Saturday and continued until yesterday.  Theodore H. Keer led the field in both the Secretary's and Artic Cup contest, finishing only one down to bogey in the first named.
   Cranberry at present leads in the ringer competition with 12 "birdies."

New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Oct 30, 1912. p. 11 (1 page):
   She won the "birdie" prize by getting the second, eighth, and eleventh holes under par, but two eighths and a seven were instances of other things happening.

Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Oct 24, 1913. p. 9 (1 page) :
(It's in a following sports story.  Yale can't take credit for everything--ed.)
   A prize was also offered for the greatest number of "birdies," or holes made in strokes less than bogey.

   Sargent and McLeod Qualify For Open Golf Championship
The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Aug 20, 1914. p. 8 (1 page):
   His putting was only fair, but hole after hole he got what the professionals call a "birdie" so that extraordinary work on the greens was not required to better par figures, which are 146 for a double round.

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