Texas Golf Legends

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Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ben Crenshaw, Judy Rankin, Tom Kite, Fred Cobb, Harvey Penick, Babe Zaharias, Lee Trevino . . . the list of Texas golf legends reads like the leader board of an imaginary Twentieth-Century Golf Greats Invitational. The Lone Star State has spawned more than its share of golf heroes, and fifty of the best are featured in this collection of portraits and interviews. Milosevich deftly illustrates each golfer with compelling head-and-shoulder portraits and action views. Sampson's brief ...

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Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ben Crenshaw, Judy Rankin, Tom Kite, Fred Cobb, Harvey Penick, Babe Zaharias, Lee Trevino . . . the list of Texas golf legends reads like the leader board of an imaginary Twentieth-Century Golf Greats Invitational. The Lone Star State has spawned more than its share of golf heroes, and fifty of the best are featured in this collection of portraits and interviews. Milosevich deftly illustrates each golfer with compelling head-and-shoulder portraits and action views. Sampson's brief vignettes of the golfers capture the dramatic incidents and illuminating details that help make each person a legend on and off the links. BEN CRENSHAW Nineteen eighty-six Buick Open, thirteenth hole, final round. Again Crenshaw is fighting to hold a one-shot lead, but he hits a wild four-iron second shot on this par five that stops against the trunk of a tree. He has no shot—or does he? "My only shot was with a nine iron, upside down—left handed" says Crenshaw. He hits the damnedest pressure shot anyone has ever seen: from forty yards and between trees, Crenshaw's left-handed hack stops four feet from the hole. He makes the birdie putt, of course, and wins the tournament. LEE TREVINO On the first tee, a laughing Trevino held up a rubber snake he kept in his golf bag. The gallery laughed too, feeling the same release from the drama and tension of the moment that Trevino did. Nicklaus sat quietly, at the back of the tee on a spectator's chair while his mugging opponent dangled the toy reptile at the end of the club. Nicklaus joined in the merriment—he asked to see the fake snake, then flung it back to Trevino—but his smile seemed forced. Trevino won the playoff [with Nicklaus], sixty-eight to seventy-one, for his second US Open title. Three weeks later he won the Canadian Open and the week after that, the British Open. No one else has ever held these three national titles simultaneously. TOM KITE What would Kite hit? Surely he would play away from the water, with a two or three iron. Perhaps he would gamble and hit a three wood. He looked at his caddy, Mike Carrick. "What do you think about a driver?" he said. The color drained from Carrick's face. Wind billowed the legs of Kite's grey pants as he got set to hit. "It's a driver!" whispered the television announcer. He nailed it.... "Best swing I made all day," said Kite to no one in particular as he walked off the tee. HARVEY PENICK Dave Marr calls him "one of God's people." He is indeed a gentle man, this patriarch of Texas golf, but he is also humorous and sly. "'I'd like you to meet Mr. Ammanex," Penick says, as a confused-looking member introduces himself as Roane Puett. Ammanex? "Well, whenever I see you, you say, 'Am I next?"' explains Penick. HOW ARE YOU TODAY, MR. PENICK? asks another member, loudly compensating for the old gentleman's hearing loss. "I'm Mister Penick's son Harvey," he deadpans, not answering the question. "BABE" ZAHARIAS "I remember playing in one of those first tournaments with Babe, and I was nervous," recalls Marilynn Smith. "So Babe put her arm around me on the first tee and said in a loud voice, I always like playing golf with you Smitty. You really bring out the crowds." The gallery laughed, of course. They were there to see the Babe. But the humor relieved Smith's tension and made her a Zaharias fan for life. When he's not out on the golf course trying to improve his five handicap, Paul Milosevich is in front of an easel sketching, drawing, or painting. A thirty-year retrospective of his work, Out of the Ordinary, was published in 1991 by Texas Tech University Press. Curt Sampson was "broke and disgusted" at the end of a four-year stint as a club and touring pro. So he traded in the trials and tribulations of a golf pro for the woes of a writer, thankful that he can stay close to the game he loves. He is a frequent contributor to national golf magazines and the author of The Eternal Summer. Each collector's edition is prefaced wi

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fifty of the most famous and/or influential figures in the history of Lone Star State golf are rendered here in visual and verbal portraits. Sampson, a onetime golf pro and the author of The Eternal Summer , contributes brief anecdotal accounts, while Milosevich memorializes each subject with two drawings--one of head and shoulders, the other an action view. In addition to covering such renowned players as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Judy Rankin and Sandra Haynie, the book also includes important coaches--for example, Harvey Penick of the University of Texas and Dave Williams of the University of Houston. Even golf enthusiasts who have never been to Texas will enjoy the sprightly text and accomplished drawings. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896722989
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Roland Ray Adams 2
Homero Blancas 5
John Joseph Burke, Jr. 8
John Joseph Burke, Sr. 11
Donald Ross Cherry 14
Fred Cobb 17
Ross Thomas Collins 20
Billy Charles Coody 23
Linda Louise Craft 26
Ben Daniel Crenshaw 29
Jacky Douglas Cupit 32
Bettye Mims Danoff 35
James Newton Demaret 38
Keith Carlton Fergus 41
Richard Morgan Forester 44
Aniela Gorczyca Goldthwaite 47
Ralph Guldahl 50
Sandra Jane Haynie 53
Johnny Ross Henry 56
William Benjamin Hogan 59
Elizabeth May Jameson 62
Donald Rae January 65
Dan Thomas Jenkins 68
Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr. 71
John Marvin Leonard 74
John Drayton Mahaffey 77
Lloyd Eugene Mangrum 80
David Francis Marr, Jr. 83
Billy Joe Maxwell 86
Rives Russell Mcbee 89
Orville Moody 92
Gus Turner Moreland 95
John Byron Nelson 98
Harvey Morrison Penick 101
Judith Louise Torluemke Rankin 104
Henry Ransom 107
Elizabeth Earle Rawls 110
Polly Ann Riley 113
William Charles Rogers 116
Marilynn Louise Smith 119
Wilburn Artist Stackhouse 122
Earl Richard Stewart, Jr. 125
Alvin Clarence Thomas 128
Lee Buck Trevino 131
Scott Rachal Verplank 134
Kathrynne Ann Whitworth 137
David Glenwood Williams 140
Morris Williams, Jr. 143
Henry Dudley Wysong, Jr. 146
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias 149
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