A Course of Their Own: A History of African American Golfers [NOOK Book]

Overview

Bill Spiller was forty-seven when he was forced by desperate finances tocaddie at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. One day, Spiller carried clubs for a member who was outraged by Spiller's stories of inequities he'd suffered during his long golfing career. Together, the two approached California's attorney general, who ordered the Professional Golfers Association to cease its discrimination. In 1961, the "Caucasian race" clause was deleted from the PGA constitution. Stories like this abound among ...
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Overview

Bill Spiller was forty-seven when he was forced by desperate finances tocaddie at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. One day, Spiller carried clubs for a member who was outraged by Spiller's stories of inequities he'd suffered during his long golfing career. Together, the two approached California's attorney general, who ordered the Professional Golfers Association to cease its discrimination. In 1961, the "Caucasian race" clause was deleted from the PGA constitution. Stories like this abound among African-American golfers, trailblazers who found ways to play even when courses were off limits to people of color, golfers who pursued their interest in the game even when sanctioned tournaments banned blacks. Their histories make for a fascinating tale that chronicles their struggles, bravery, and passion for the game. Foreword by Julius "Dr. J." Irving. 
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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Daily News

“[Kennedy] has written a fascinating history of African-American golfers.”—Stan Hochman, Philadelphia Daily News

— Stan Hochman

Sacramento Bee

“[Kennedy] paints with great detail a picture of how hard it was for African Americans trying to play their way onto the PGA Tour.”—John Schumacher, Sacramento Bee

— John Schumacher

Golfweek

A Course of Their Own is a compelling read, a tough read, an enlightening read. And perhaps most of all, it is an important read for anyone who knows and loves the game of golf.”—John Steinbreder, Golfweek

— John Steinbreder

Aethlon

"John H. Kennedy chooses . . . a familiar, colloquial style that almost transparently frames the players' stories while resonating with their voices. There is no high apparatus here, no glossy metaphor. The facts . . . are presented eloquently through the oral histories of the African American golfers and others who lived in those mighty times."—William R. Willan, Aethlon

— William R. Willan

Sports Literature Association

"John Kennedy's A Course of Their Own reminds us that, before Tiger, there were many other black professionals whose abilities may have rivaled his but they never received the chance to play in the Masters nor in any other PGA sponsored events."—J. Paul Leslie, Sports Literature Association

— J. Paul Leslie

Journal of Sport History

"What Kennedy manages to do so well in his book is to give the reader a sense of some of the hardships that African-American golfers had to endure to chase their dreams, only to be denied chances time after time. . . . By using interview material Kennedy has helped preserve the oral history of these pioneers in golf and to provide the reader an important part of golf history that can not be provided by lists of tournament winners and tour statistics."—James Watson, Journal of Sport History

— James Watson

Philadelphia Daily News - Stan Hochman

“[Kennedy] has written a fascinating history of African-American golfers.”—Stan Hochman, Philadelphia Daily News
Sacramento Bee - John Schumacher

“[Kennedy] paints with great detail a picture of how hard it was for African Americans trying to play their way onto the PGA Tour.”—John Schumacher, Sacramento Bee
Golfweek - John Steinbreder

A Course of Their Own is a compelling read, a tough read, an enlightening read. And perhaps most of all, it is an important read for anyone who knows and loves the game of golf.”—John Steinbreder, Golfweek
Aethlon - William R. Willan

"John H. Kennedy chooses . . . a familiar, colloquial style that almost transparently frames the players' stories while resonating with their voices. There is no high apparatus here, no glossy metaphor. The facts . . . are presented eloquently through the oral histories of the African American golfers and others who lived in those mighty times."—William R. Willan, Aethlon
Sports Literature Association - J. Paul Leslie

"John Kennedy's A Course of Their Own reminds us that, before Tiger, there were many other black professionals whose abilities may have rivaled his but they never received the chance to play in the Masters nor in any other PGA sponsored events."—J. Paul Leslie, Sports Literature Association
Journal of Sport History - James Watson

"What Kennedy manages to do so well in his book is to give the reader a sense of some of the hardships that African-American golfers had to endure to chase their dreams, only to be denied chances time after time. . . . By using interview material Kennedy has helped preserve the oral history of these pioneers in golf and to provide the reader an important part of golf history that can not be provided by lists of tournament winners and tour statistics."—James Watson, Journal of Sport History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449441128
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


John H. Kennedy has been a journalist for nearly three decades and has worked as a reporter and an editor for the Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He is an assistant professor of communication at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.
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