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Posted July 17, 2005
Author Dan Jenkins provides a follow-up to his earlier golf fiction work, ¿The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-Up Artist,¿ returning PGA golf professional Bobby Joe Grooves onto the Tour in ¿Slim and None.¿ Grooves is a forty-four year old tour pro who has the unpopular label of having yet to win a major championship and the clock is ticking. ¿Slim and None¿ follows Grooves on the tour and during his rounds at all four professional golf majors, giving the reader the behind the greens look at what life on the PGA tour is like. Jenkins utilizes his experience following the game, utilizing real-life nicknames, facts, and subbing several characters for current real-life golf personalities. Along with the names and faces, Jenkins provides real-life voices as well as profanities from several of those characters forcing some readers to wish they took a ¿mulligan¿ on their decision to pick up the book early on. Only a few golf professionals over the age of 44 have won a major championship, Jack Nicklaus, Hal Irwin and Lee Trevino to name the few, Grooves feels that he is destined to join them. More surprising to Grooves than the reader, is a romance that blooms between the golfer and a young rivals stunning mother along with trials and tribulations of any new relationship. With a rye sense of humor, Jenkins ensures his work is filled with laughs, including the reference to a new female-liberal, Augusta-hating feminist in the fictional Anne Marie Sprinkle doing battle with new fictional Augusta chair, K.S.¿Kisser¿ McConnell. Not to be lost is Jenkins¿ referral to fictional golf novelist, Irv Klar of the Washington Post, leading the reader to base his character on another well-known, often pretentious author with a much longer last name. While Grooves starts the fictional work lucky in love, he isn¿t regarding his golf game when a rules official makes a ruling sending Grooves into a fit, ruining his round along with his chance at the Masters Championship. The next chapter takes the reader and Grooves to the U.S. Open where another younger phenom takes to the links, a six-foot tall teenage long hitter in 15-year-old Tricia Hurt. In his second straight major, Grooves finds himself in a pinch with a rules official. This time, it is courtesy of a question by his partner for the final round, Hurt. Making another notable appearance to assess the damage was official Jarvis Phillip W. Burchcroft, again ruining Grooves¿ round and chances at a major. Jenkins confirms all of the lore and history of the British Open, along with the rumors of horrendous food, lodging as well as weather. Grooves once again is in contention before taking a turn for the worse and another memorable run-in with Burchcroft, who was attending as a guest official. Three majors, three missed opportunities for a title. Leading up to the final round in the U.S. Open, Grooves is paired with Scott Pritchard, leaving his competitors mother and his hiw own love interest, Gwendolyn, torn for who to cheer for more, son or new lover. Just as the rules gods seem prepared to strike Grooves again with a lightning bolt, our hero finds his latest heroine in Hurt. The ending is not surprising, but predictable for the books hero. The author of nine fictional works, including ¿Semi-Tough¿ and seven other non-fiction books along with his monthly column in ¿Golf Digest¿ Jenkins knows the game, the players and obviously, the rules. Jenkins provides an insight into the game, often overlooked or politely left unwritten about in ¿Slim and None.¿ The characters are amusing, colorful and realistic, but be warned that the language used may not make ¿Slim and None¿ the ideal 'gift for elder duffers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2011
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