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Overview

Though he was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, home of fabled Augusta National and The Masters, as a child Tripp Bowden was too young and too removed from the game of golf to realize what Augusta National really was, what it meant to his town and the world and the sport; its history, nostalgia, prestige and secrecy. All the ten year old Bowden knew about golf was that it was a stupid game that took up too much of his father’s time, and that he’d much rather kick around a soccer ball or stay home and read a book. But all that changed once Bowden’s father, a renowned local doctor, introduced him to one of his patients, Freddie Bennett, the legendary Augusta National caddie master.

Though Bowden was a white child of considerable privilege and Bennett was an older black gentleman of more modest means, the two formed an unusual bond. It was Bennett who introduced Bowden to the game of golf, a sport that would one day earn him a Division 1 golf scholarship and lead him to the final stage of a British Open qualifier. But it was the lessons Bennett taught the young Bowden off the course that had their profoundest impact on his life. Through Freddie and his particular brand of homespun wisdom, the author learned invaluable lessons about personal responsibility, hard work, and respect for others regardless of age, race or religion. He also learned that there’s much more to life than just playing golf.

Like the bestsellers Tuesdays With Morrie and Seasons of Life before it, Freddie & Me is a heartwarming tale of two unlikely friends and their uncommon bond forged through sport.

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Editorial Reviews

Golf World
“A glimpse of Augusta National as you've never seen it.”
The New York Times
“A lot of books have been written about the Masters and the Augusta National Golf Club, but few if any have the authentic dialect of Freddie and Me.”
San Diego Union-Tribune
“A unique glimpse of Augusta National, but more stirring is the account of his relationship with a one-of-a-kind mentor.”
San Diego Union Tribune
“A unique glimpse of Augusta National, but more stirring is the account of his relationship with a one-of-a-kind mentor.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396821
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tripp Bowden is a former Augusta National caddy (the first full-time white caddy in the history of the elite private club), collegiate golfer, and senior advertising copywriter, first with McCann-Erickson and later with his own company, Creative Wizards Advertising. The author of Freddie & Me and a frequent speaker at prominent golf clubs across America, Tripp lives with his wife, Fletch, and children, Arrie B. and Holly Mac, in Augusta, Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

    Just OK

    Interesting and fun at the outset but the ending was a disappointment. For all Freddie did for him, Tripp should have made himself available at the end of Freddie's life. What a let down.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    A great read about life with a little golf thrown in

    I'm not a huge reader but this book really was a great story (as if the word story does it justice). Life lessons is one way to look at it but it's really a story that teaches patience and giving. A man who helped his fellow man, who could see potetnial in everyone. A man who selflessly nurtured potential and shared his knowledge. All characteristics we all would do well to emulate. And hey, some really fascinating inside info on Augusta National just for fun! If you love the Masters and golf, you'll love this but more importantly if you want to learn about a truly insightful and generous man, this book is perfect. Thanks Tripp.

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