Stiggy and the nickname game
Thursday, September 10, 2009
ARDMORE, Pa. – England’s Stiggy Hodgson has the most interesting name on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and it needs some explaining.
Stiggy’s real name is Eamonn. He got his “Stiggy” nickname about the same time he started playing golf.
Hodgson was rooting around in a dump one day as a little boy when he came across some old golf clubs. He took the clubs home to his father and told him he wanted to start playing golf.
His father immediately nicknamed him “Stig of the Dump” after the children’s novel by the same name. “Stiggy” naturally followed and the name has stuck.