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He had the one of the best careers the game has ever known - yet you won't find his record in any of golf's history books. He defeated almost every one of golf's legendary players in head-to-head matches - yet you can't read about them in any of the old sports pages. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, his closest friend was the greatest amateur to ever play the game - yet Bobby Jones never spoke his name in public.

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Overview

He had the one of the best careers the game has ever known - yet you won't find his record in any of golf's history books. He defeated almost every one of golf's legendary players in head-to-head matches - yet you can't read about them in any of the old sports pages. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, his closest friend was the greatest amateur to ever play the game - yet Bobby Jones never spoke his name in public.

J. Michael Veron's tale about one of golf's most talented and mysterious figures - and the man who solves this mystery - is a rare triumph in golf fiction. Like few others before it, The Greatest Player Who Never Lived is much more than a golf book - it's about perseverance over adversity, and friendship over abandonment. Without a doubt, this beautifully written, heart-warming story is certain to be enjoyed by all lovers of exceptional fiction. The Greatest Player Who Never Lived...is a winner.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Skillfully written, Beau Stedman leaps off the pages and becomes one of the game's greatest players.
San Diego Union-Tribune
A page-turning mix of golf history and mystery.
Los Angeles Times
Skillfully written...Beau Stedman leaps off the pages and becomes one of the game's greatest players.
Miami Herald
If you have ever played just one round of golf, and appreciate clear, spare writing with a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird, you will love this book.
Mike Snider
The Greatest Player Who Never Lived is a fictional tale that mixes crime, mystery and courtroom drama against a background of golf history.
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Seattle Post
It is dual parts John Grisham and John Feinstein, a legal mystery with golf backbone. I kept checking the front disclaimer to make sure the book was a fictional account. This book is a keeper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886947894
  • Publisher: Clock Tower Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Veron lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where between novels he works as a trial lawyer, plays golf, and follows Tulane athletics. A graduate of both Tulane and Harvard law schools, he is also a USGA Committee Member. His greatest regret is that he cannot play to his handicap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    THE BOOK IS PHENOMENAL

    THE BOOK IS THE BEST FICTIONAL ACCOUNT I HAVE EVER READ.EVEN THOUGH THE BOOK IS FICTIONAL IT PROVIDES A LOT OF TRUTH ABOUT THINGS SUCH AS AUGUSTA NATIONAL AND BOBBY JONES.BY THE TIME THE BOOK IS OVER YOU FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW BEAU STEDMAN AND INSTANTLY BECOME HIS BIGGEST FAN. A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES THE HISTORY OF GOLF AND GOLF IN GENERAL. IT IS EVEN GOOD FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESNT LIKE GOLF. LOVED IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Guess I should play golf to like this book. Okay detective story

    Guess I should play golf to like this book. Okay detective story line but not for me. 

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Great story telling and fantastic details, it had me questioning

    Great story telling and fantastic details, it had me questioning fiction vs non-fiction at multiple points in the book. Great vacation read for individuals with golf interests. Back drop is golf, plot is not all golf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Fun read

    Good read for a few hours. If you are a golfer it will captivate you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    AMAZING

    I am a teenager and a golfer. When I read this book, I was thrilled to find a mix of golf and real life. This book surpassed my expectations.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Fantastic read

    I had a hard time putting this book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    best sports book ever written.

    Some stories are ment to be written. I have been trying to write something just like this book for years. Michael writes like his words come from god. Michael has the talent to take a dream and make it seem real. Not wanting to give the ending away I just want to let you know that the real magic is in the dream, just like a child wishing on a star. It is the wish the child always remembers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    If you play golf, you'll love this book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I could not put it down. I read it in two days and wanted to read it again. I have suggested this book to all of my golfing buddies, clients, and family. The character of Beau Steadman was fascinating and so was the life of Bobby Jones and the history of golf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    First Time Author Aces Golf / Mystery Novel

    Noting that 'The Greatest Player Who Never Lived' was the first novel ever written by its author, J. Michael Veron, I didn't expect too much. After all, I've read the works of several first time novelists and while the story concept sometimes remains interesting enough to carry you to the final page, it is often an arduous effort to get there. However, this rookie novelist is not only a spellbinding storyteller, but also an incredibly talented writer. I knew that as a golfer, I fell into the target audience for this novel. But I never expected to be hooked as quickly or as hard as I was by this captivating story. Only a non-golfer would not be swept back into time as the title character, Beauregard Steadman, competes under various assumed names against some of the greatest golfers of the past from Bobby Jones to a young Arnold Palmer, while eluding authorities who want him as the prime suspect in a murder. The riveting descriptions of bygone golf competitions with actual legends are intertwined and surrounded by the fascinating modern day storyline of a young law student who pieces together the story of Beau Steadman from the dusty stored files of Robert T. 'Bobby' Jones. 'The Greatest Player Who Never Lived' is a quick moving and exciting tale and has the potential to be one of the greatest golf movies ever made, provided that author Veron makes certain the screenplay remains true to his storyline, unlike 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', which was recently another in a long list of great sports books that have been gutted and rewritten into a mediocre movie that only faintly resembles the excellent book from which it came.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    Great Premise But Disappointing Results

    A wonderful premise--young law clerk organizing Bobby Jones's discarded legal files from long ago discovers secret relationship with mysterious golfer--turns into a made-for-TV-movie story with shallow characters and neatly packaged endings. True golf enthusiasts will be annoyed, especially considering the authors position with the USGA, with his multiple errors describing the holes at Augusta National (the 1st is a dog-leg right (not left) and nothing but empty land is to the left of the fairway bunkers on the 18th) and disappointed by his inability to make Bobby Jones something other than a cliche.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    A fun read

    Great book a little something for everybody, even if you are not a golfer. Also enjoyed the authors clear and concise writing style. Would highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    Part Grisham, Part Golf, All Entertainment!

    From the first few pages my interest was grabbed and I couldn't put this book down. I'm not into golf, but the story of Beau Stedman and his relationship with lawyer/ golf legend Bobby Jones is as compelling a mystery as any James Joyce story.

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