Backspin: 120 Years of Golf in British Columbia

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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Backspin is a comprehensive overview of everything golf-related in BC. Veteran sportswriter Arv Olson's work on the trailblazers and the growth of the game and the province's golf courses was "the preeminent resource" on golf history when he self-published Backspin in 1992. This first Heritage House edition has been completely updated and revamped to mark 2012's 120th anniversary of golf in BC.

Since its start in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria and Stanley Park in Vancouver, golf has been backed by an assortment of colourful characters who have enthusiastically teamed up to create courses and clubs in the heart of many towns-some of them even running for office to protect their links. Backspin is an encyclopedic reference on the growth of BC's golf game, legendary golf figures past and present, and the golf courses of BC. Olson doesn't neglect the fun, either, including entertaining golf anecdotes and writings from the early days.

Hall of Famers and humble hackers, old pros and lucky ace-makers—Olson's history of the game completes the circuit, including everything from humour and hardship to murder and mayhem.

 

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Contents

foreword
5
preface
9
chapter 1 OUR GOLFING LORE
13
THE CAPITAL OF GOLF
23
IN THE BEGINNING
51
chapter 4 GOLF ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE GULF ISLANDS
72
chapter 5 THE VANCOUVER BOOM AND THE PUBLIC COURSES
84
chapter 6 THE LOWER MAINLAND AND THE SUNSHINE COAST
105
chapter 13 BARR ZOKOL RUTLEDGE AND THE NEW BREED
233
CADDIES AND ARCHITECTS
269
chapter 15 THE GLAMOROUS EXHIBITIONS
281
chapter 16 BCS AMATEUR AND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
298
chapter 17 VANCOUVERS CANADIAN OPENS
325
chapter 18 OTHER MAJOR TOURNAMENTS
344
chapter 19 MURDER MAYHEM AND OTHER ANECDOTES
371
chapter 20 SPONSORS CHARITY AND VOLUNTEERS
390

chapter 7 THE NORTH THE INTERIOR AND THE KOOTENAYS
122
FATHER AND
155
chapter 9 VIOLET POOLEY SWEENY VERA HUTCHINGS AND SUCCESSORS
171
chapter 10 STAN THE
187
chapter 11 PIONEER PROS
204
THE CONSUMMATE AMATEUR
221
chapter 21 GOLFING ASSOCIATIONS SUPPORTERS AND THE HALL OF FAME
405
chapter 22 THE FUTURE
413
index
423
acknowledgements
429
about the author
432
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About the author (2012)

Arv Olson has been writing about golf and other sports since 1957 and worked for more than 30 years at the "Vancouver Sun". In his travels, Arv has played on more than 75 golf courses around BC, although he makes no claims about having played any one of them particularly well. A 10-handicap for one fleeting summer, Arv has a trophy to prove that he once won the Vancouver Media Championships. He lives in Fanny Bay, BC.

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