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The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever | [Mark Frost]

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

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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Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 10-28-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Westport, CT

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    "Must Read"

    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.

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    Philip Austin, TX, USA 01-03-13
    Philip Austin, TX, USA 01-03-13 Member Since 2004
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    "The story of a great golf match"
    What did you love best about The Match?

    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!


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    Blair UNION CITY, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Blair UNION CITY, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Blair Barnett

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    "If You Love Vivid Golf Stories..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Match the most enjoyable?

    The vivid account of the people and circumstances surrounding one of the pivotal, albeit, friendly, matches in the history of American golf.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Match?

    Each of the histories of the match's participants.


    What does Richard Poe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried and felt great elation for what it takes to be a champion.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love golf, and the history of American golf, you will love this story.

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    "Ben,Byron,Ken and Harvey"

    A truly great listen.Mark Frost is a fantastic author

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    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 11-28-12
    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Well worth the listen to even if you don't play"
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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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