Historical Dictionary of Golf

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 21, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 864 pages
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Golf has been called the greatest of all games, but it has also been derided by none other than Mark Twain as nothing more than a good walk spoiled. Traditional teaching holds that golf originated in Scotland around the 15th century. However, there is historical evidence of games similar to golf being played in the low countries of Europe back in the 13th century. Over the many centuries of golf's evolution, the balls used have changed greatly, as have the clubs, the holes, the courses, and the entire game itself.

The Historical Dictionary of Golf presents a comprehensive history of the game through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, photos, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on places, teams, terminology, and people, including Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sörenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Phil Mickelson, and, of course, Tiger Woods. Appendixes of the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Major Championships of Golf, the International Team Events, and the Professional Tour Awards are also included.

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User Review  - Patrick Owens - Book Verdict

Orthopedic surgeon Mallon and Jerris (director, U.S. Golf Assn. Museum) cover golf from the sport's 13th-century origins to events in the 21st century. An annotated chronology starts in 1297 with a ... Read full review


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Bill Mallon, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon who is in his second career, as he previously played for four years (1976-79) on the U.S. PGA Tour. During his golf career, he won over 40 tournaments, both amateur and professional. For his contributions to the Olympic Movement, he was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 2001, and he has previously co-authored three editions of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement for Scarecrow Press.

Rand Jerris has been the director of the United States Golf Association Museum since 2002, serving also as director of communications for the USGA since 2009. He has contributed numerous articles on golf history and art history to a variety of popular magazines and academic journals, and served two years on the board of the International Sports Heritage Association. For his contributions to golf history, he was awarded the Joseph Murdoch Medal by the British Golf Collectors Society in 2007.

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