Bogie: Golf... As It Was

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LuckySports, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 262 pages
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It’s time you know the truth—

The French, not the Scottish, Originated Golf

See why so many people are reading BOGIE!


The game of golf has been played for hundreds of years; unfortunately, little history was written, if any, before 1750. Step back into the mid-18th Century and take a whimsical romp through golf’s unrecorded early years in St. Andrews, Scotland.


This historical novel gives you divisive answers and clues about mid-18th Century golf at St. Andrews, Scotland. Short of twitting a Scotsman about wearing a skirt, the surest way to anger him is to insinuate that game originated somewhere other than in Scotland. Yet, that is precisely what this author has done.

Can you believe this author has the nerve to write that golf was started somewhere other than Scotland? Through his research, he discovered that the French, not the Scots, originated golf—and the Scots imported the game of golf from the French. Though the years after, the Scottish embellished and developed the game as we know of today.

Despite his controversial claim, the author does weave a marvelous tapestry of fact and fiction that offers you unbelievable, but credible answers to golf's mysteries.

The story is about the bonding of an unlikely father-son relationship between a pirate and an orphan boy with certain lifestyles accounts of the era. The alcoholic buccaneer, Mulligan, adopts a mischievous, teenaged urchin named Bogie. Neither one has never met each other before. The irony of this 18th Century story is that Mulligan is the boy’s biological father. He was estranged from his son for many years while he was out to sea—Bogie was an accident “between the sheets.” Mulligan never knew about him until he was told that he might have fathered a son years ago.

Bogie’s coarse behavior and variable temperament prevented him from being adopted many times before—whereas, Mulligan’s bloody sea adventures and drinking habits prohibited him from fatherhood.

The bonding of this dysfunctional father-son bond is unique. They are united for the first time and try to develop a father-son relationship when they settled in St. Andrews, Scotland to seek their fortunes carving out new lives, as carriers-of-sticks for golfers. The story focuses on their dysfunctional relationship, their passions, struggles and accomplishments at St. Andrews, Scotland.


Discover the treasure-house full of golf terms, rules, traditions, fears, secrets, untold stories, and Scottish/Irish songs of days gone by.


Hang on as “BOGIE” takes you on a venturous trip and introduces you the golf’s pioneers from the past. “BOGIE” exposes the forgotten lives of a forgotten era. “BOGIE” is a book you will read from cover to cover!


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About the author (2008)

Charles “Chuck” Hellman is the author of BOGIE, a historic golf novel taking place in St. Andrews, Scotland during the 18th century. He is a low handicap golfer himself and has played the game for over 60 years world-wide—three trips to Scotland and Ireland. He has written over fifty books—a series of sport children books and a collection of sport cartoon books.

Chuck is a native Hoosier—born in Gary, Indiana. Chuck graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He excelled in golf in college and became the captain of Purdue’s award-winning golf team He has spent most of his adult life in the Los Angeles area as an electrical engineer for a large engineering company. He is retired and lives in the Palm Springs area. He weaves a marvelous tapestry of fact and fiction in BOGIE that offers you controversial, but credible answers to golf’s mysteries. Lots of water has flown under the Swilcan Bridge from his college days to now.

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