Thursday's Game: Notes from a Golfer with Far to Go

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Tom Chiarella is the serious amateur, the humbled hacker, and the appreciative fan all rolled into one. Golfers everywhere will identify with his tales of low-grade frustration centered on a dimpled ball and a fairway filled with traps. But these affectionate, tee-in-cheek reminiscences and respectful rantings are balanced by memories of those sublime -- and all too seldom -- moments when the shot rises like a rocket, straight and true, carrying over a long stretch of treacherous real estate to settle at last ...
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Tom Chiarella is the serious amateur, the humbled hacker, and the appreciative fan all rolled into one. Golfers everywhere will identify with his tales of low-grade frustration centered on a dimpled ball and a fairway filled with traps. But these affectionate, tee-in-cheek reminiscences and respectful rantings are balanced by memories of those sublime -- and all too seldom -- moments when the shot rises like a rocket, straight and true, carrying over a long stretch of treacherous real estate to settle at last onto the cool comfort of the green.

From "In Defense of Thursdays" I name Thursday the last day of the golf week because on that day, you can finally forget the weekend past: the distant Friday where you strung together three birdies for the first time in four years. The rainy Saturday when you sank a sixty-foot snake for bogey on the eighteenth with no one watching. The Sunday scramble where no one could make a six-foot putt for the money. On Thursday, you are done with this. History. Thursday is where the golf week ends.

Even so, I'm saying Thursday is when it all begins. It is the Alpha and Omega of the golf week. It is as much a beginning as it is an end. You start planning the golf ahead. You puzzle a means of slipping out, of setting things straight, of teeing up. On this day more than any other, the weekend beckons.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781578602117
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

In Defense of Thursdays 1
Grinding It Out
Chapter 1 How It Began 9
Chapter 2 The Range Dog 13
Chapter 3 The Toughest Club in the Bag 17
Chapter 4 Playing Alone 27
Chapter 5 Winter Rules 32
Chapter 6 My Day 37
Chapter 7 And the Rains Came 42
Chapter 8 Multiple Choices 48
Chapter 9 My Favorite Club 52
Chapter 10 Playing with Trouble 54
Chapter 11 The Cheater Within 58
Strangers and Strange Lands
Chapter 12 Pebble Beach 67
Chapter 13 Run, Sergio, Run 73
Chapter 14 Blown Away 80
Chapter 15 Golfing the Cherry 85
Chapter 16 My Brother's Greenskeeper 92
Chapter 17 The Last Great Golf Course 97
Chapter 18 The Troubles 102
Chapter 19 Crudup or Shutup 108
Chapter 20 Long Drivers 120
Chapter 21 Golf in the Kingdom 126
Chapter 22 John Daly, Happy at Last 132
Greed and Giving It Up
Chapter 23 Let's Play Two 157
Chapter 24 The Last Manservant 162
Chapter 25 The Right to Privacy 168
Chapter 26 The Marathon 175
Chapter 27 The Offseason 180
Chapter 28 Losing Your Bag, Losing Your Way 185
Chapter 29 The Meltdown 190
Chapter 30 Why I Hate Golf 195
Chapter 31 Giving It Up 198
Chapter 32 The Perfect Storm 204
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