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I Hate to Lose: How a Little-Known, Handicapped Black Man Beat the Best of the Best on the PGA Tour. Charlie Owens: His Life and Times

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I Hate To Lose is a story of courage and inspiration and how one little known African-American who grew up during the depression in Florida overcame poverty, prejudice and severe physical handicaps not only to play on the PGA Tour, but also to beat the best professionals of his era.

Though he was severely crippled from a Korean War injury and was blind in one eye, that didn't bother Charlie. After a career in the PGA, at the age of 57, as a member of the Senior PGA, he just put ...

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Overview

I Hate To Lose is a story of courage and inspiration and how one little known African-American who grew up during the depression in Florida overcame poverty, prejudice and severe physical handicaps not only to play on the PGA Tour, but also to beat the best professionals of his era.

Though he was severely crippled from a Korean War injury and was blind in one eye, that didn't bother Charlie. After a career in the PGA, at the age of 57, as a member of the Senior PGA, he just put two crutches in his bag, drove his ball down the middle of the fairway off the first tee in the first round of the 1986 U.S. Open and then bravely hobbled on those crutches out to take on the best and the healthiest in the world-the USGA would not allow him to ride in a cart.

When he first qualified in 1972 for the PGA, he was teased and derided as the "crippled, blind, cross handed guy". Not only were his knees shot, he'd had a stroke and was blind in one eye and he never changed his backward, upside down grip that he'd always used as a young boy. People were amazed that he could even hit the ball let alone launch it on 300-yard drives with old Persimmon-headed woods. Nevertheless, in 1966, he won 18 of the 21 events he entered.

Today Charlie Owens is 76 and his story must be told. The only remnant of his incredible narrative other than this book is a single scrapbook of short newspaper articles that he still cherishes. However, I Hate To Lose is not just another sports story, or another golf book.

Charlie overcame just about every adversity: physical, mental and financial that a man could withstand and still emerged a champion among champions, not only in the game of golf, but also in the game of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440106620
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Some of the hidden history of golf

    After reading "Forbidden Fairways", it was great to read in detail about Mr. Owens' life. I'll never complain again about aches and pains as I walk 18 holes of golf.

    It was especially good to read about the personal happenings in Mr. Owens' life, it makes one only imagine the difficulties in trying to make a living as a young black man and especially making a living playing golf.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    If you want to overcome adversity...

    If you like biographies of those who have overcome great odds in life, this is the book for you. Though he was handicapped as the result of a war injury, Charlie Owens managed to overcome poverty, injuries and racial tensions to play on the PGA Tour at a time not long after the PGA dropped their "Caucasions Only" rule.<BR/><BR/>Charlie Owens literally beat the best of the best as the title describes and then went on to play excellent golf on the Senior Tour. But this isn't just a golf book. It's a strong human drama filled with emotion about a man who wouldn't quit. Some of the narrative was written in Charlie's own voice mixed with that of one of his sisters and a third person narrative.<BR/><BR/>If you enjoy uplifting biographies (true stories) then this will make your day.<BR/><BR/><BR/>Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2008

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    Really enjoyed his story....

    I really enjoyed this book - It's an exciting story of an average man who experiences love, adversity and success - all the elements of a great read! Keeps you wanting to learn more about Charlie's life and times - about his personal life as well as his legendary golf experience. Also has a great motivational message - gives you much to think about for your own life.

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