The Leaderboard: Conversations on Golf and Life

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Atria Books, Mar 23, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
Golf legend Amy Alcott talks with twenty-seven celebrated individuals about the one thing they have in common—the game they love.

n this entertaining and fascinating collection of candid conversations, Amy Alcott offers a rare look at the personal lives and experiences—both on and off the golf course—of prominent entertainers, athletes, political leaders, and other influential figures. A fierce love of the game connects them all, but their varied anecdotes show how this magical sport has touched each of their lives in unique ways.

Some highlights: Bill Clinton reveals why Hillary encouraged him to start playing again in his late twenties; Jack Nicholson explains how he began to play golf in his forties and became good enough to shoot a sixty-five; and Ben Crenshaw reminisces about his close relationship with Harvey Penick and about winning the 1995 Masters just days after serving as a pallbearer at Penick’s funeral.

At times poignant, illuminating, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Leaderboard is sure to inspire and capture the imaginations of golf fans everywhere.

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I've always been a fan of Amy Alcott anyway, so when I saw she'd written a book I knew I had to read it. The Leaderboard does not disappoint. Alcott doesn't write about her own life, or her own career ... Read full review

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I am not quite sure why I expected this book to be hysterically funny. Maybe because, along with fishing, in golf there tend to be quite a few “the one that got away” stories that can be pretty ... Read full review


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Amy Alcott has won thirty-two professional tournaments worldwide, including the U.S. Women’s Open, and is a member of the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame. She has won the Kraft Nabisco Championship three times—an accomplishment she shares with only two other women—and five major championships. Alcott lives in Los Angeles. Visit her website at

Don Wade is a sportswriter for The Commercial Appeal (Memphis). A native of Kansas City and a former feature writer for The Kansas City Star, Don lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and three sons.

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