Mr. Hogan, the Man I Knew: An LPGA Player Looks Back on an Amazing Friendship and Lessons She Learned fromGolf's Greatest Legend

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Ben Hogan is known as the greatest ball striker of all time, and he was also one of the most private. These are the Hogan stories that you've never heard, stories that unlock the mystery to who he was as person.

As a collegiate golfer in the 1980's, Kris Tschetter was fortunate enough to gain membership to the prestigious Shady Oaks Country Club in Texas where Ben Hogan was a member. There was an unwritten rule at the club: Don't bother Mr. Hogan. But 18-year-old Tschetter was ...

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Overview

Ben Hogan is known as the greatest ball striker of all time, and he was also one of the most private. These are the Hogan stories that you've never heard, stories that unlock the mystery to who he was as person.

As a collegiate golfer in the 1980's, Kris Tschetter was fortunate enough to gain membership to the prestigious Shady Oaks Country Club in Texas where Ben Hogan was a member. There was an unwritten rule at the club: Don't bother Mr. Hogan. But 18-year-old Tschetter was unaware of the spell he held over the golf world when she first passed him in the halls of Shady Oaks. Maybe it was Tschetter's work ethic, or maybe it was just her youthful enthusiasm, but Hogan noticed her practicing and offered to help her with her swing. And a unique friendship began.

By the time Tschetter met Mr. Hogan he was in his 70's and although his golf swing hadn't changed, his enthusiasm for the game had waned. The two spent countless hours practicing together on the "little nine" at Shady Oaks, and Tschetter saw a side of Mr. Hogan that few ever knew. While he taught her priceless lessons on golf and life, she helped him recapture his passion for golf by giving him the chance to take the journey all over again.

Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew sets the record straight about this American icon,revealing his humor and sensitivity. It captures the magical connection that sometimes happens in life in a truly beautiful story about an unlikely friendship between two very different people who shared the same passion.

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Editorial Reviews

GolfWorld.com
"A surprisingly intimate portrait of one of modern golf's most enigmatic figures, Ben Hogan. These warm memories of the Wee Iceman are easily worth the price of the book."
USA Today
A "detailed, quick-paced book."
Golf Today Magazine
"Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew is not only an important biographical work, it offers a uniquely fresh perspective and also a heart-warming story"
Booklist
"This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer."
Jackie Burke
"This young lady obviously knew my friend, Ben, very well. Her anecdotes demonstrate his genuine character. I found her book very entertaining."
-GolfWorld.com

"A surprisingly intimate portrait of one of modern golf's most enigmatic figures, Ben Hogan. These warm memories of the Wee Iceman are easily worth the price of the book."
-USA Today

A "detailed, quick-paced book."
-Golf Today Magazine

"Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew is not only an important biographical work, it offers a uniquely fresh perspective and also a heart-warming story"
-Booklist

"This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer."
-Ben Crenshaw

"I never tire of hearing Hogan stories. These stories are special, though... This book finally brings to light his humorous and sensitive side. I loved it."
-Jackie Burke

"This young lady obviously knew my friend, Ben, very well. Her anecdotes demonstrate his genuine character. I found her book very entertaining."
-Jim Mahoney

"It's not only the best "golf" book I've ever read but also unveils a Hogan his legions of fans and followers never knew."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592406715
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kris Tschetter has been an LPGA touring professional since 1988 and is the founder of the Kris Tschetter Celebrity Golf Benefit for Kids. She lives in Warrenton, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.
Author and former PGA pro Steve Eubanks has written thirty books and lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A Must-Read for Hogan Fans!

    Kris Tschetter has done the world of sports in general, and golf in particular, a tremendous service with this priceless jewel of a book. "Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew" shows the human side of an iconic figure of 20th-Century American sports, revealing the warmth and humanity of a man who has for decades been admired and celebrated for his accomplishments, while being portrayed as a somewhat cold, distant figure who was indifferent to fans and fellow competitors alike. In contrast to the generally-accepted image of Ben Hogan, Ms. Tschetter's book reveals a man who, though somewhat shy and reticent, was capable of genuine warmth and affection. The Ben Hogan whom Ms. Tschetter came to know when she was a college golfer practicing at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Forth Worth, Texas was an elderly past champion, retired from both competitive golf and a successful career in business, who enjoyed his quiet daily routine at the golf club. A legend in the world of golf, Mr Hogan had grown leery, over the years, of those who wanted to get close to him for their own gain, and could present a forbidding public façade; but he revealed a warm and generous personality to Ms. Tschetter, who, as a college freshman on Texas Christian University's national-caliber women's golf team, was interested in getting to know the man behind "Hogan's Secret" (the legendary secret to the perfect golf swing), and not the secret itself. The affection and respect that Ms. Tschetter came to have for Mr. Hogan, and Mrs. Hogan, shines from the pages of the book as the story of their relationship unfolds. Ms. Tschetter passed many casual afternoons of golf practice with Mr. Hogan in attendance, friendly sessions during which Mr. Hogan passed along tidbits of golf wisdom which thousands of golfers would have paid princely sums to be privy to; yet it was the friendship she sought, not the priceless wisdom of a master of the sport. Though she certainly benefited from Mr. Hogan's advice and support during her collegiate and professional golf careers, it is evident that his friendship and moral support were more important to her than professional advice. Forget the stories you have read about the cold, forbidding "Hawk" and the "Wee Ice Mon" that have been promulgated over the years -- read this book and learn about the affectionate, human side of the enigmatic man who defined excellence in the sport of golf in the middle of the last century.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Great insight. This book is a double eagle!

    I have most of the books ever written about Mr Hogan and they mostly cover his golfing accomplishments which in my opinion are second to none. However what Kris Tschetter does is give us insight to the personal side of a man that very few
    really got to know as well as she did. The book is beautifully done and makes you feel as if you are a part of everything thats going on. This is a book that I will read many more times, it's that good! If your a Ben Hogan fan you owe it to yourself
    to get this book. Many thanks Kris for sharing with the rest of us!

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    A Must Read For Golfer's and Non-Golfer's Alike

    This short, beautiful book reminds us what friendship and love is really about. Golfer's will cherish learning more about the golf ball striking theories of Mr. Hogan. Non-golfer's and golfer's alike will learn about Mr. Hogan, the person. And everyone will be reminded that greatness, in the end, is more than just keeping score. Thank you Kris

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    This is a definite must-read!

    For anyone who thought they knew Ben Hogan from the various stories they have heard over the years, they couldn't be any more wrong. Kris Tschetter has written a very heart-warming, at times tear-jerking, sensational book! Only took me 3 days to read it (would've been even quicker but I golfed/practiced some between reads). She really covered the "story behind the story" and allowed us to partake in one of the greatest teachings about human life. Very few had the kind of private interaction with Mr. Hogan most of us could only dream about. This should go down as one of the all-time golf classics ever to be told/written. It was equally impressive how she managed to weave in some of the finest golf lessons all golfers should know without ever losing focus on the real purpose of her book.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    wonderful human interest story

    the author has done a wonderful job of characterizing this golf icon . You don't have to love golf to love this story, but golfers who knew Mr. Hogan will especially appreciate it. Kris has given us a warm, humanistic account of a very special relationship that touches your heart. Makes a great holiday gift for anyone !


    A golfer and fan from rochester, new york

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    Colorful Recollections

    This book is a walk back in time to when Ben Hogan was still a huge golf influence. Tschetter tells some amazing stories about her close and personal relationship with the golf legend.

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