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The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf | [Mark Frost]

The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.
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In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

Yet, soon after the Grand Slam, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones.

©2004 Good Comma Ink, Inc.; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A swift, surefooted account of Jones's remarkable life and career." (Publishers Weekly)
"Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times....Highly recommended for all sports collections." (Library Journal)

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    steve sollentuna, Sweden 03-26-11
    steve sollentuna, Sweden 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Golf is just a game, How one acts is not,,,"

    I, to date have often performed "The eye roll" when hearing something, that, to me was a complete fib, or should I say, a magnification of what was, at one time,a fact!
    Let me explain,,, "I once caught a fish THIS BIG!!!", I believe this to be one of the all time favourites. You will all hook a grin and say ,, Oh aye,, I know that man.and think of him as OK but an ass..
    A free man can not get jailed for thinking, or having an opinion, for that thought is between him and his own God.
    Thats where most of us fail in our perception of people who make these magnifications , I believe that Bobby Jones simply looked on it as " a big fish tale! Then he smiled, a real smile
    This man was , in reality something , that in my 45 years to date, I can count on one finger a person of his like, that I knew and did not see it.But , I see it now , 10 years after his death at 32.....
    Golf is just a game,,, When you read this book and experience the big fish tale weeks or months after completing this , you will not only be a better and happier golfer, I do believe , you will never call anybody an ass again, they will be ,, and very simply ,, a good storyteller, which is a gift.....
    Bobby Jones the man was more than normal , was it his father ? , was it his grandfather that made him and his ideal?
    In my opinion, as an agnostic, I have the very uneviable honour of perhaps having to face the notion that fate is a fact,and this man was put on this earth to better us, like other great golfers of their day , Jesus Christ, Elvis, Martin Luther King, and Santa,,,,, Many years will I wrestle with this one, but, one thing is sure, .....

    My golf is going to get better,,,and I will think twice before making an ascertion on a person for the rest of my days.......

    Golf and life ,, enough said I believe, Fantastic read and have started it again............

    Stevesblakely

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