Walking with Jack: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 14, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

A long-standing promise from a father to his five-year-old son . . .

A poignant diary that chronicles the journey

When Don Snyder was teaching the game of golf to his young son, Jack, they made a pact: if one day Jack became good enough to play on a pro golf tour, Don would walk beside him as his caddie. Years later, Jack had developed into a standout college golfer, and Don, at the age of fifty-eight, left the comfort of his Maine home and moved to St. Andrews, Scotland, to learn from the best caddies in the world. He worked loops on famed courses like the Old Course and Kingsbarns, fought his way onto the rotation as a full-time caddie, and recorded the fascinating stories of golfers from every station in life. All the while, he lived like a monk and sent his earnings back home.
     A world away, Jack endured his own arduous trials, rising through the ranks and battling within the college golf system. At times, the question for the teenage athlete wasn’t how to continue . . . but whether to continue at all. Finally, Don and Jack approached the moment when they would reunite—and not only tackle an extraordinarily high level of golf competition but also confront the challenges of a father-son relationship that had inevitably changed since the days when their journey began.
     Walking with Jack is a truly compelling golf story and a one-of-a-kind narrative that makes you appreciate the lengths to which a father will go to support his son.

 

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

I received this book as a gift, I’m assuming because the donor knows I play a lot of golf. And I must admit to being initially quite pleased as the story unfolded. As the book progressed, however, I ... Read full review

WALKING WITH JACK: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie

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Novelist and memoirist Snyder (The Winter Travelers: A Christmas Fable, 2011, etc.) returns with the overwrought story of his training to be a caddie so he could help his son, who hopes for a PGA ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
January 152007
January 18 2007
January 192007 January 202007 January 212007 June 18 2007 July 23 2007 July 292007 August 222007 February 22008 Book Two March 2520...
April 4 2008
April 272008 May 132008 May 202008 June 1 2008
October 272008 April 12009 Christmas Morning 2009
July 3 2010
September 8 2010
October
January 13 2012
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DON J. SNYDER is the author of many acclaimed books, including the memoirs The Cliff Walk and Of Time and Memory and the novels Night Crossing and Fallen Angel.

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