42nd President. On Saturday afternoon, July 2, 1994, President Bill Clinton shot a round of golf at the Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, about a 45 minute drive from the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, where he was spending the Independence Day weekend. The foursome was comprised of President Clinton, his recently resigned Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell, the president of White Rock, Inc. (owner of the golf course) Dennis Zimmerman, and Dave Beegle, the club head pro. Four months later, Webb Hubbell pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges involving the Rose Law firm of which he and First Lady Hillary Clinton were among the partners, and served 16 months in prison (1995-1997).
Penn National Golf Club & Inn Scorecard kept by Beegle in pencil, signed “Dave Beegle” as Scorer and “Bill Clinton” AS PRESIDENT in black felt-tip next to “Attest.” Folds, as would be expected. Scorecard, when opened, measures 12″ x 5″ with a view of the par 72 course and the scores for the final nine holes on verso. In order of listing, “Dave” shot a 72, “Dennis” 76, ,”Webb” 79, and “Mr President” 87. Clinton shot par on four holes, bogeyed 13 holes, and double bogeyed the 18th hole.
JSA Authentication sticker affixed to scorecard.
Also present : (1) an unsigned 10″ x 8″ Official White House photograph picturing President Clinton shaking hands with Dennis Zimmerman as Beegle and Hubbell (partially hidden) look on; (2) a July 4, 1994, Gettysburg newspaper article picturing Clinton at Penn National; (3) a December 1, 1997, newspaper article picturing Pres. Clinton golfing at Penn National on November 29th; (4) an illustrated four-page, 8.5″ x 11″ Philadelphia PGA booklet reporting the round of golf; (5) a rare Camp David Season’s Greetings card, 6.25′ x 6.25″ (when closed), signed, in unknown hand, “From all of us at Camp”; (6) 1995 Seasons Greetings card, 7.25″ x 6″ (when closed), bearing facsimile “Bill Clinton” and “Hillary Rodham Clinton” signatures.
Webb Hubbell, part of the Clinton foursome, had resigned as Associate Attorney General four months earlier on March 14, 1994, shortly after Independent Counsel Robert Fiske opened a criminal probe after it was discovered what appeared to be irregularities in Hubbell’s bills to clients at the Rose Law in Little Rock, Arkansas, of which Hubbell, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Vince Foster were once partners. After it was revealed that Hubbell had billed clients for services he never performed and failed to report that income on his tax returns, in December 1994, Hubbell pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges. On June 28, 1995, Hubbell was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment. As part of his guilty plea, he entered into an immunity agreement with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in exchange for his cooperation in the Whitewater investigation. In August 1995, Hubbell entered the Federal Correctional institution, Cumberland, and was released from a half-way house in February 1997. President Clinton issued 140 pardons on January 20, 2001, his last day in office. Former golfing partner Webb Hubbell wasn’t one of those pardoned.
Timothy J. Burger of the New York “Daily News” Washington Bureau, wrote on May 8, 2001, in part, “But even though he hasn’t heard from the Clintons in some seven years, Hubbell told ‘Vanity Fair’ that he’s tried to quell any bitterness toward them. ‘Let’s just say that I have pardoned them,’ he said. The former President’s office reacted with cold sympathy to Hubbell’s lament. ‘[The Clintons] sincerely hope that the years ahead will be good ones for Webb and his family,’ a spokeswoman told the ‘Daily News’. Many credit Hubbell with loyalty that they say protected the former First Couple from even more legal scrutiny. Hubbell resisted intense pressure from former independent counsel Kenneth Starr to dish dirt on then-First Lady Clinton’s Whitewater dealings – even when Starr indicted him on tax ch arges that the Supreme Court later rejected. ‘I was surprised,’ former Starr prosecutor Robert Bittman said of Clinton’s decision not to pardon Hubbell on Jan. 20. ‘He was extremely loyal to them and never said anything to incriminate them.'”