Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson are undeniable legends in the history of golf, but Jeff Miller's Grown at Glen Garden studies their careers from a less-known starting point: their shared hometown. Noted voice actor Liam O'Brien tackles the histories of these two very different men with aplomb, tracking them from their early beginnings in 1920s Fort Worth to their struggles and successes on the professional circuit. Throughout, O'Brien's upbeat tone and engaging manner draws the listener in, creating a warm and fascinating portrait of these two skilled sportsmen.
Learn about these golf legends as they were learning to master the game on their home turf.
In Grown at Glen Garden, the early friendship of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson is shown, from their caddying days at Glen Garden Country Club to their chummy rivalry at the Masters decades later. With a peek at their family backgrounds, the story shows both the hardships and joys of growing up and learning to golf in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1920s.
The two golf pros were not alike in personality; Hogan was always a quiet and private person, whereas Nelson had a reputation for being very friendly and open. Hogan and Nelson grew close due to their shared passion for golf, their later professional careers, and the friendship between their wives, Valerie Hogan and Louise Nelson. Today, Hogan leaves behind a legacy as the greatest-known ball striker and the second player to win all four of the major golf championships, and Byron Nelson is known for his gentlemanly conduct (leading to the nickname "Lord Byron") and an unbeaten 11-tournament streak with 18 total wins in 1945.
Follow these golfing stars from their early days in the sport to their successful pro careers, and meet the people behind the legends.
Gained much appreciation for both Byron and Ben. shows what hard work and persistence ca do.
Would you try another book from Jeff Miller and/or Liam O'Brien?
What could Jeff Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Talk about people and not scores and shots.
How could the performance have been better?
Learn how to pronounce words correctly.
Did Grown at Glen Garden inspire you to do anything?
Yes...to be more careful what books I buy.
Any additional comments?
In all my years of buying books, I have never EVER heard a narrator pronounce so many words incorrectly in just one book. Perhaps 15 words are wrong in this book that he uses, and all of them have to deal with golf. CLEARLY this man never had the tiniest thing to do with the game of golf, nor does anyone around him in the production of this book and it shows.
Not only are so many words mis-pronounced, but the tempo and rhythm of the book is very poor as he rushed through it, with no personality and makes it an un-enjoyable purchase for me. It's full of what scores they shot, and how they hit the shots that NO ONE cares about and even the background of so many of the fellow players that no one ever heard of or cares about just to fill up space and have enough words to print this book. I wish I hadn't gotten this one. It's not terrible, except for the narration, but it's not very good in any sense.
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Great story but a bit spoiled by the miss pronunciation of Jimmy Demaret. Apart from this it was very interesting