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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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    Doug Killebrew 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Story"

    I'm a huge golf enthusiast and while I dream of being great, this book makes it possible. I wish there was a time machine to transport back and watch "the match"...really well done!!

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    john 04-07-15
    john 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite golf book!!"

    This is one of my favorite stories about the game of golf, I wish I grew up in that era!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Larkins Costa Mesa, CA USA 04-04-15
    Ted Larkins Costa Mesa, CA USA 04-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic!"

    This book changed how I look at golf. All the names I've heard but never knew came to life. Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead. They all came to life.

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    Josh Wallace 02-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A gripping story for all Golf Enthusiasts!"
    Would you listen to The Match again? Why?

    Yes, it is a great story and well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it was connected to history and to today's golf world


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hogan's Birdie on 18


    Any additional comments?

    I really want to go play Cypress Point just to relieve some of the history

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    neil leahey ROSEVILLE, CA, US 01-27-15
    neil leahey ROSEVILLE, CA, US 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Listen!"
    What did you love best about The Match?

    Every so often I purchase an audio that I just can't walk away from. Richard Poe does a fantastic job narrating. He is as entertaining as he is informative and brings the experience over the top. Must read for any golf enthuse


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    Stephen Torrance, CA, United States 10-10-14
    Stephen Torrance, CA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Listened before I went and played"

    For a fan of golf and golf history this book is a must read. It really amplified my experience playing Cypress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 10-28-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

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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 2014
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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

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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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    Pete Stanford 07-19-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Ben,Byron,Ken and Harvey"

    A truly great listen.Mark Frost is a fantastic author

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