Curt Sampson
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Curt Sampson

Curt Sampson, golf professional turned golf writer, came to golf the old-fashioned way--as a caddie. He looped for his father for a few years on summer Saturday's, then turned pro, in a manner of speaking, at age 12, as one of the scores of disheveled boys and men in the caddie pen at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio. His golf game developed from sneaking on LFCC at twilight, an occasionally nerve-wracking exercise because the greens keeper intimated a readiness to call the cops on trespassers. Sampson--never caught--progressed as a player and as an employee, scoring a job as starter/cart maintenance boy at age 16 at Boston Hills CC, a public course, also in Hudson. His high water mark as a young golfer was a win in the Mid- American Junior in 1970. Sampson attended Kent State University on a golf scholarship and managed a municipal course for two years following graduation, worked a couple more as an assistant pro at clubs in South Carolina and Tennessee, then bummed around as a touring pro in Canada, New Zealand, and Florida.

In November 1988, Sampson began to write full-time, mostly about the game of his father, golf. Texas Golf Legends, his first book, was collaboration with Santa Fe-based artist Paul Milosevich. Researching TGL gained Sampson introductions with people he has written about many times since: Hogan, Nelson, Crenshaw, Trevino, and a few dozen others. His next book-The Eternal Summer, a recreation of golf's summer of 1960, when Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus battled-is still selling 15 years after its debut, a rarity in the publishing world. Sampson's biography of the enigmatic William Ben Hogan struck a chord. Both Hogan and his next book, The Masters, appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Subsequent books and scores of magazine articles cemented Sampson's reputation as readable and sometimes controversial writer with an eye for humor and the telling detail.

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Best Sellers

    • The Masters

    • Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia
    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for any fan of the Masters

    • By Nigel Smith on 03-17-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Furious George

    • My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection
    • By: George Karl, Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    The most outspoken and combative coach in NBA history reflects on his life, his career, and his battles on and off the basketball court in this no-holds-barred memoir....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • macho jock story.....

    • By Joe Gargiul on 02-12-17

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Hogan

    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Ben Hogan was the hero no one knew. No one knew what drove him to practice until his hands bled....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hogan (unabridged)

    • By Stanley on 12-13-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Slam

    • Bobby Jones and the Price of Glory
    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    An unlikely champion. An unprecedented accomplishment. A powerful story of a man on the verge of becoming a legend - at a time when the nation needed every hero it could get....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator poorly prepared

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-14-15
    • Bobby Jones and the Price of Glory
    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 12-24-14
    • 3 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Eternal Summer

    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Dennis McKee
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Was there ever a year in golf like 1960?...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good blow-by-blow account of the 1960 Golf Season

    • By Trip von Minden on 08-30-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Golf Dads

    • Fathers, Sons, and the Greatest Game
    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Allen Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    The interplay between fathers and sons has long been one of golf’s most essential and enigmatic relationships....

    • Fathers, Sons, and the Greatest Game
    • By: Curt Sampson
    • Narrated by: Allen Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 12-16-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $17.95

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