Betting is part of golf, from its beginnings until today and from its top stars on down to the duffers at the local links. But despite widespread wagering among golfers, no betting scandal has ever besmirched organized golf. Most golf historians attribute this record to the game's ancient and tested code of honor. Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies details this long and colorful history and examines the role betting has played in golf throughout the years. With stories and anecdotes from golf icons and celebrities, plus a bonus section of common betting games and wagering advice from the high priest of golf course betting, Sam Snead, it's no wonder Golf Digest tabbed it as one of seven suggested golf books to buy in its holiday gift guide.
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About the Author
Michael K. Bohn's latest book, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin’ on Birdies (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007), was one of Golf Digest’s top golf books of 2007. A freelance writer, Bohn is the golf reporter for nineteen weeklies in Northern Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vi
"Let's Make This Interesting": An Introduction to Money Golf 1
"Ten Guineas a Side?" The Early Years, 1300-1887 14
Best Bets: Ouimet, Hagen, and Jones: An American Golfing Boom, 1888-1930 35
Titanic Thompson Stays Afloat: Tough Times, Tough Bets, 1930-38 72
Snead, Nelson, and Hogan: Even Money, 1938-59 98
The "King" and "Super Mex": Arnie's Army Invades Television, 1960-83 139
High-Stakes Golf: Money Games, 1984-97 183
Tuesdays on Tour: The Pros Play for Their Own Money, 1998-2006 218
Betting Games: Fear the Snake, Avoid the Wolf, Chase the Rabbit 250
Selected Bibliography 267
About the Author 278
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What a nice surprise this book was... If you love Golf, like to bet once in a while, wonder why Golf is the ONLY sport (in America anyway)that gambling is accepted and acknowledge among the fans and it's participants alike (eat your heart out Pete Rose!)... find out why...! And along the way you'll learn a lot about the history of the great game of Golf! Want to know what the relationship of the golf term 'bogey' is to the song from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai"? Or the how orgin of the terms 'divot'or'par' came about? Find it all here... and learn the history of the game!
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