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At the age of 46, golf scribe James Dodson faced a peculiar manifestation of the midlife crisis -- he no longer enjoyed hitting the links. How Dodson got his swing back, despite personal issues that spray like hooks and slices off a three-iron, is the subject of The Dewsweepers.
The eponymous Dewsweepers are seven middle-aged men who tee off early Saturday mornings at Onondaga Golf and Country Club outside of Syracuse, New York. Led by the charmingly irreverent Jon Sager, the Dewsweepers practically kidnap Dodson, reinvigorating his passion for the sport while supplying the divorcé with a series of blind dates. Even as he falls in love again, however, Dodson's state of "stupid happy" is interrupted by his mother's declining health and his brother's delinquent behavior.
Surprisingly, as Dodson fights through personal issues, golf does not fall by the wayside. His fellow Dewsweepers have their own midlife problems. The sport of golf and the camaraderie of the outings offer them all not only a much-needed diversion but a valuable point of perspective. When Dodson's dying mother tells him to play the following day, you get the feeling that is really what she wants him to do.
Dodson's award-winning golf writing has provided him with golfing partners that common hackers would die for. Humorous and poignant anecdotes of playing alongside Arnold Palmer, esteemed golf architect Rees Jones, the Dewsweepers, and his own son are lobbed with the delicacy of a nice pitching wedge. As Dodson describes playing the nicest courses in the United States and Europe, we should all be forgiven our envy! (Brenn Jones)