The Leaderboard: Conversations on Golf and Life

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 24, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
Every golfer has a story. And for many, sharing stories about the game's challenges and pleasures, legends and lore, is as much a joy as playing the game itself. Amy Alcott, one of golf's great personalities and an LPGA Hall of Fame member, has drawn upon her remarkable network of well-known golfing friends and gathered their stories for the first time ever.

In this entertaining and fascinating collection of candid conversations, 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 golf 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 got good enough to shoot a sixty-five; 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; and Jim Nantz compares his relationship to his dad with the close relationship that Tiger Woods had with his own father. And many, many more.

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

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User Review  - wkelly42 - LibraryThing

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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Jane Blalock 1 Pam Shriver
Bill Clinton 7 Annika Sorenstam
Ben Crenshaw 15 Ken Venturi
Kenny G 25 Robert Wagner
Dennis Hopper 35 Karrie Webb
Steve Kroft 43 Sandy Weill
Leslie Moonves 51 Jerry Weintraub
Jim Nantz 57 Tom Werner
Jack Nicholson 67 Jerry West
Lorena Ochoa 75 Jack Whitaker
Don Ohlmeyer 81 John Williams
Donna Orender 93

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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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