Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Forceby Adam Schupak GolfsDrivingForce.Com
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Once called "The Most Powerful Person in Golf," former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman transformed the Tour into the success story it is today. The book offers an intimate portrait of Beman's shift from hardened golf competitor to an executive of change. In a never-before-told story, Schupak reveals how Beman survived a coup attempt led by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and a Hall of Fame roll call of the era, who thought the Tour had no business being in the marketing and licensing business. Had that been successful, players today would not enjoy the most lucrative pension program in sports, and the Senior Tour and the Nationwide Tour probably would not exist. Pro golf arguably would be a second tier sport.
The book also details how Beman got 415 acres for $1 and built TPC Sawgrass, home of the most photographed hole in golf, “without spending a nickel of the Tour’s money,” and built a network of courses with net cash flow north of $250 million.
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Meet the Author
Adam Schupak has been lugging his laptop and golf bag and following the sun to write about golf since 1997. He has worked for the PGA Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame, and as a senior writer at Golfweek.
Schupak graduated from Colgate University, where he played varsity golf, and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schupak resides in Orlando, Fla., but remains a New Yorker at heart. His trophy for winning the 1999 TPC Sawgrass ‘A Flight’ Club Championship is on permanent display in his living room.
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