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To The Linksland, A Golfing Adventure
Michael Bamberger
   
This is a story of a golfing pilgrimage where Michael Bamberger drops out of the work force and enters the world of golf as a caddie on the European Tour. Michael arrived in Scotland where he picked up a golf bag for Peter Teravainen known by his colleagues as : the Whiplash.

This journey traces the typical European Player from Tournament to Tournament and what players and caddies endure trying to make a living. Along the way, the writer falls under the spell of John Stark, a veteran Scottish teaching professional, a recluse and a visionary who taught Bamberger about the swing by teaching him about himself!

This is a sports book, a travel book, and the story of a man?Äôs quest for improvement! You will want more as you read the final pages

The Caddie
J. Michael Vernon
   
J. Michael Veron is the acclaimed author of The Greatest Player Who Never Lived and The Greatest Course That Never Was. His work has earned him the title of "master of fiction" from USA Today has called him "The John Grisham of Golf." In addition, The New York Times hailed The Greatest Player as "Golf's Literary Rookie of the Year," and the Seattle Times ranked The Greatest Player as second on its all-time list of "Five Wonderful Golf Books." At one time, The Greatest Player and The Greatest Coursewere the first and third best-selling sports fiction in the country.

Now, J. Michael Veron returns with his most intriguing work yet....

The caddie occupies the most unique position in all of sports. He is a coach who doesn't have to stay on the sidelines, a waterboy who doesn't have to wait for timeouts, a psychologist who doesn't have a couch, and a fan who doesn't have to buy a ticket.

In Bobby Reeves' case, he's also a bail bondsman, not to mention a savior who will attempt to help him resurrects his game - and his life - in most unexpected ways. From a jail cell in Baton Rouge to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the gifted but troubled golfer and his mysterious caddie travel a remarkable path to great courses and to redemption.

With his trademark style and golf expertise, J. Michael Veron has once again crafted a remarkable golf story.

     
The King of Swing
Michael Blaine
   

If Bobby Jones was raised from Royalty, then Johnny Goodman is the Underdog story we all thirst for!¬ÝAn orphan from the stockyards of Omaha Nebraska , Johnny Goodman muscled his way into the Sanctity of Amateur Golf to prove to the world that even a kid who grows up on the wrong side of the tracks can go on to be the best the game has to offer.

Johnny beat the great Booby Jones the first time they played in the 1929 US AMATEUR held at Pebble Beach .

Johnny was the last amateur to win the 1933 US OPEN. When he won the 1937 US AMATEUR he became one of only five to win both?Ķ.Bobby Jones, Francis Quimet, Jerry Travers and Chick Evans were the other great Champions to accomplish this milestone.

Read about the influence Walter Hagen had on his early career when Johnny caddied for Sir Walter in an exhibition match at the Field Club in Omaha.

This book is inspiring and cries out to the possibilities that one faces throughout your life.

You don?Äôt want to miss this epic read about the last years of HICKORY GOLF!


Thomas Stewart Jr. Golf Cleek and Iron Maker
by Ralph S. Livingston III

This book represents the life work of the late Ralph Livingston III and is a modern classic. For a serious hickory golfer, this is a cornerstone book for your golf library. A little background on Ralph Livingston would be in order here. Many people credit Ralph with popularizing modern hickory golf, and that would be fairly accurate. Ralph's passion for the wood shaft game was unsurpassed and he single-handedly brought the obscure clubmaker Tom Stewart into international prominence; so much so that today, most hickory golfers seek out a "Tom Stewart" hickory golf club as their first preference.

Ralph was also a founding member of the Society of Hickory Golfers and along with David Hamilton, founded the International "Hickory Grail" golf matches played on a biennial basis between teams of hickory golfers from the USA vs. Europe. Ralph played the hickory game at a high level, winning numerous championships including the Scottish Hickory Championship and finishing second at the National Hickory Championship on more than one occasion. Ralph purchased and restored Tom Stewart golf clubs and was responsible for starting a great many hickory golfers in this pursuit while also acquiring the World's most fabulous collection of Tom Stewart golf clubs. Ralph's tremendous enthusiasm for the hickory game was infectious and today we are witness to what has resulted.

Ralph spent many years researching the hickory game and specifically, Tom Stewart, who he had correctly identified as the very best "cleekmaker" (a blacksmith who hand forged the iron heads for hickory shaft clubs) of the hickory era. Ralph went above and beyond in his research and this is evident in the great detail presented in his book. A must read for anyone interested in a detailed look at the equipment used during the hickory shaft era or for anyone who plays hickory golf.


The Nine Tenths Rule
By Stephen E. Mitchell
(Reviewed by Mike Tiehen)

I met the writer through an e-bay auction I won for a rare A. Patrick 'The Robbie" putter. He sent me a link to his e-book version.

Part one of a series of legal mysteries that all have a golf theme, "The Nine Tenths Rule" spins a tale of the legal aspects of a single golf club that has value to several parties.

Excerpt from the Prologue:

?ÄúThere was one solitary club still lying on his workbench, the last to be consigned, withheld for good reason. Lifting it delicately close to his face, he gave the club his most critical inspection. It was a perfect example he decided, solidly constructed and beautifully finished - a triumph of their collective skills. With its slender long head made from dark stained beech fixed tightly to the shaft in a spliced joint, and an elegant grip made from the finest sheepskin hide, it possessed a balance that set it apart from any his competitors could possibly produce.

Taking a small metal instrument from his top pocket and supported by his shoulder, he held the putter upright on the workbench. Placing the implement?Äôs pointed end on the nose of the club, he gave the broader end a sharp tap with a wooden mallet. A tiny indentation, an exclusive mark sported by less than one in a thousand of his cherished clubs, his seal of quality in fact, was now indelibly stamped on the club?Äôs head. This privileged credential, minute enough to be overlooked, was in the form of a tiny spider - a trade mark unique to the maker himself. Using a soft cloth to carefully wipe clear any residual dust, the putter was placed gently into the one wooden packing case that remained unsealed.?Äù

A bit slow in the middle bacause of the detail presented about the characters, but all in all, a good read for the golf history/mystery buff.

Excerpt From: Stephen E Mitchell. ?ÄúSmashwords book 66147.?Äù
Stephen E Mitchell. iBooks.
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