Ike, Golf, and Augusta

Ike, Golf, and Augusta

by David Sowell
     
 
St. Andrews wanted him. The Augusta National had him. The USGA and the PGA fawned over him. Bobby Jones was one of his closest friends. He played often with Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. Arnold Palmer became like a son to him. Robert Trent Jones built a special mini-course for his use. Even his biggest adversary, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, began construction on a

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St. Andrews wanted him. The Augusta National had him. The USGA and the PGA fawned over him. Bobby Jones was one of his closest friends. He played often with Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. Arnold Palmer became like a son to him. Robert Trent Jones built a special mini-course for his use. Even his biggest adversary, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, began construction on a course for him to tee it up in the Soviet Union.

Dwight Eisenhower's path to golf's Hall of Fame and, one could make the case, his journey to the Oval Office as well, all began in the clubhouse of a French country club during the Battle of the Bulge when he first encountered an Augusta National member.

While president, Ike plays over 900 rounds of golf, a number that would have been much higher had a heart attack, stroke, and stomach surgery not slowed him down. Ike, Golf, and Augusta provides an insightful and entertaining look at Ike's passion for golf and his association with Augusta National Golf Club and a small group of ultra-powerful Augusta members he called "the gang." It also details how his golf became intertwined with the significant events of his presidency including the McCarthy Hearings, Sputnik, the Little Rock desegregation crisis, and the U-2 incident, just to name a few.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615739465
Publisher:
David Sowell
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

David Sowell has written about golf and golf history for over two decades for numerous publications, including the United States Golf Association's Golf Journal. His 2003 book The Masters: A Hole-by-Hole History of America's Golf Classic, was praised by Library Journal("an entertaining read that enthusiasts will enjoy.")and Book List (Sowell gives us the Masters in full flower.") He resides in Taylors, S. C.

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