The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era-Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan-against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi.

The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, a

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    How US golf Evolved from Amateur to Professional in 20 Years, August 23, 2016
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    Steve (Florida) –

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    A good account of four trailblazers of U.S. golf in the 1940 – 60s, told interestingly between holes of a 1956 impromptu 18-hole best ball match between then-best active players Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward. Frost is a good golf story teller whose occasional run-on sentences could use a decent editor, but otherwise, entertaining account of a spectacular one off match and the complete life stories of four successful golfers who paved the way for fellows named Palmer and Nicklaus, and yes, the entire PGA. A must read for any serious golf history understanding. Includes a short history of the development of Cypress Point and the Monterey Peninsula.
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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A surprisingly delightful read for me, a non golfer., July 18, 2017
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    Mary

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    This review is from: The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever (Kindle Edition)
    I don’t play golf but my husband and son do so I read this book to be able to discuss it with them. I was surprised to find that it was a wonderful read that gave me real insight to the people who played the game for all the right reasons. I loved hearing about how some of the women influenced the game and the description of Cypress Point. It is amazing to know how the game got its start in America and how much it has improved over the years. Very enjoyable.
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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must add to any golf library, December 8, 2017
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    C. White (WNY) –

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    Was introduced to Mark Frost through his fantastic book, The Greatest Game Ever Played (the movie does not do it justice) and bought this to replace my copy I had bought a few years ago, lent out and have yet to have returned. This book is able to wind golf history, Hollywood and an incredible four ball match seamlessly in a way that you will want to keep reading it. I have never played Cypress Point but felt I was right there with each shot. It was if I was walking the fairways with an old friend who, in between shots, tells you a little side story as to the history of each player and how he had arrived here. In recently re-reading it I had forgot how much I had enjoyed it the first few times I read it.
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