Renowned novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost turns his eye for golf to an event so famous that it’s grown to the stuff of legend. 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. Frost recounts this dramatic tale from start to finish, detailing the match that vaulted golf out of the shadows and into the national spotlight.
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"Frost has a penchant toward the florid, but he captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it." (Publishers Weekly)
For a fan of golf and golf history this book is a must read. It really amplified my experience playing Cypress.
This was a great read, not just about golf but also about a time period in America, 1935 to 1955. The author tracked the lives of several persons, some prosper and live long happy healthy lives why other end badly in self destruction and despair. Also tells the history of the Monterey Peninsula.
This is a wonderful story of a classic match in 1956 between the two leading amateurs and two leading professionals of the game.
It provides a wealth of historical information about the players, the longtime relationship between amateurs and professionals, the history of Cypress Point and other world-famous golf courses and much much more. Highly recommended!
The vivid account of the people and circumstances surrounding one of the pivotal, albeit, friendly, matches in the history of American golf.
Each of the histories of the match's participants.
Richard did an outstanding job bringing the story to life. I could almost hear the sea gulls over Cypress Point and the wind rustling the trees.
Laughed and cried and felt great elation for what it takes to be a champion.
If you love golf, and the history of American golf, you will love this story.
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The Match is a fascinating history of an era in golf that is long gone. The author does a fine job at bringing it all back to life mixing the player's biographies with the game.The After Word is not really needed but interesting.The Appendix is really depressing and the final word leaves you on a down note.I wouldn't bother with it if I knew.One complaint is Audible.After a touching final word from the author there is literally no pause between the finalwords and "the end!".Come on, Guys. Give us a moment to reflect on the story before jumping in with the last word.Otherwise a fine book and history lesson. Who'd a Thunk that Bing Crosby ... well I've said enough. ;)
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