The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

by Mark Frost
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Dave_Donelson More than 1 year ago
Could two amateur golfers beat two of the world's greatest professionals? Once upon a time, they might. Mark Frost tells the story of just such a contest in his account of The Match: The Day The Game Of Golf Changed Forever. But this isn't a fairy tale. It is instead a can't-put-it-down true account of a high-stakes game played in 1956 on one of golf's most spectacular courses by four of the game's legendary competitors. Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson are the pros. They have fourteen major championships between them. Coming from the same caddie yard, the once-close competitors haven't spoken in years--but they teamed up to face the two leading amateurs of the day, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Both of these young men competed at the highest levels of the game in the hallowed tradition of Bobby Jones. As a match-play team, they had never been defeated. The venue for the match? Storied Cypress Point, whose fairways follow craggy cliffs and rocky promontories swept by the winds of the Pacific while the ocean crashes below. Frost lays out the play stroke by stroke, pacing the narrative with revealing histories of the players and other notables involved in the day. He puts the game into context, pointing out that this day marked the end of the amateur era and the ascendance of the professional. While the match itself is compelling, the after-stories make fascinating reading, too, especially for those of us intersted in the history of golf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging and captivating. Not only do we get a shot by shot recap of the Match, Mark Frost provides a look into the lives of the participants. I saw each shot as described by Mark and I felt the personalities of the players. The recap of the Match moves quickly but because Mark intercedes other stories between shots, you need to know what happens, thus I could not stop reading. Enjoy.
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benignswine More than 1 year ago
Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply outstanding. Recreates a time when the world seemed a little simpler and less combative. If you appreciated the book The Legend of Bagger Vance you will truely enjoy this real life slice of not only golf history but American history.
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One of the best ever
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TheLloyd More than 1 year ago
Even if you aren't a fan or player of the game, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It describes in detail some great American history and how some of our most well-known sportsmen and entertainers not only survived but thrived in the early-to-mid-20th Century. From Bing Crosby's Clambake to Eddie Lowery and his pair of dynamite amateur golfers, Frost's simple yet colorful writing makes this a must-read. Do yourself a favor: read it and share it.
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Michael Ingram More than 1 year ago
Best golf book I've read