A Game of Golf

ISBN: 1587261774
ISBN 13: 9781587261770
By: Francis Ouimet Robert Donovan Ben Crenshaw

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Francis Ouimet (1893-1967) was an unknown twenty-year-old amateur and former caddie when he upset famed British golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to win the 1913 U.S. Open. That astonishing victory with 10-year-old caddie Eddie Lowery at his side, playing at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, made him America's first golf hero and forever altered the image of golf as a stuffy, rich man's game dominated by players from England and Scotland. This book is a volume in Sports Media Group's Rare Book Collection. Collecting this series of reprint editions of golf's most important and rare books will enhance your understanding of the game while building a library of golf's most treasured volumes.

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Geoff

This book sat on my shelf for a number of months while i finished a few other books. The whole time it sat there i kept flipping through the pictures, anxiously awaiting the chance to learn more about the man who brought golf to the masses in America. I first learned about Francis Ouimet from David Frost's wonderful book, "The Greatest Game Ever Played", which focused exclusively on the 1913 US Open at Brookline and the development of golf in America. Needless to say, there was very little about Francis after this tournament. I hoped that a "A Game of Golf" would provide more about his career and life after 1913 and basically give me a better idea of who Francis is.The book focused primarily on his tournament play from the US Open in 1913 to his 2nd US Amateur championship in 1931. I believe this book was written soon there after as it provides little insight to his life outside of tournament play. I was rather disappointed with this and was left with a 10 page overview of Francis' later years written by the editor of the book. This was insufficient and i felt no greater sense of understanding or satisfaction in finishing the book. It basically ended and i was ready to move on. Francis was a very private individual and maybe i was expecting too much, but the book didn't live up to my expectations. If you want to read a shot-by-shot account of his tournaments from 1913-1931 then this book is for you. You will see a bit more of why Francis is remembered as a true gentleman amateur and hopefully gain a better sense of his contribution to golf. If you are looking for information about his home life, businesses away from golf, and other personal details that really make the man off the course come alive, then this book will most likely leave you wanting more. I recommend this book for serious golf fans who are interested in the history of the game.

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