Before Tiger Woods—and before Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan, and even Bobby Jones, there was the great Canadian George S. Lyon.
This first account of Canada’s little-known golf legend, Olympic Lyon traces his incredible journey from small-town Ontario to the final match of the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis.
At age thirty-seven, the fire insurance salesman and natural athlete from Toronto picked up a golf club for the first time. Just a few years later, he faced the world’s best golfers—men half his age—in a grueling week of competition for the ultimate prize: the first Olympic gold medal for golf and a magnificent Championship Trophy.
A meticulously researched and wildly entertaining work of historical fiction, Olympic Lyon chronicles Lyon’s remarkable career and the sudden rise in popularity of golf in North America. It weaves in such momentous events as the War of 1812, the Louis Riel Rebellion, the St. Louis World’s Fair, and the Great Fire of Toronto. Above all else, it restores the memory of Canada’s champion and ensures that his name will be forever bound to the great game of golf.
|Publisher:||Michael G. Cochrane|
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
Michael Cochrane is a Toronto author and lawyer. He has published a number of best-selling books about Canadian law and is frequently featured on television and radio as an expert. He was the host of BNN television’s national legal affairs program, Strictly Legal. An avid golfer, and a lover of the match play format in particular, he was the 2007 Lookout Point Country Club (B Flight) Match Play champion, the Cedar Springs 2009 Match Play cham- pion (eighteen and over), and 2014 and 2015 Cedar Springs (Senior) Match Play champion. He has three holes in one to his credit and one an albatross—but that is a whole other story.