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The Linksland, A Golfing Adventure
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
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
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
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.
King of Swing
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?Ä¶.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!
Jr. Golf Cleek and Iron Maker
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.
by Ralph S. Livingston III
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.
By Stephen E. Mitchell
(Reviewed by Mike Tiehen)
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
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
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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