The year: 1956. Eddie Lowery, once caddie to Francis Ouimet, now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, boasts to fellow millionaire George Coleman that two of his salesmen - US amateur champion Harvie Ward and up-and-coming star Ken Venturi - could beat any golfers in the world in a best ball match. Coleman asks Lowery how he plans to prove it. 'Bring any two golfers of your choice to the course tomorrow morning,' Lowery tells him, 'and we'll settle the issue.' Coleman shows up all right - with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals.
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One of the best books I've ever read. More than just about this compelling golf match, it tells the story of all the individuals involved, plus other greats in the game from that era, the mid-twentieth century. The book vividly describes this time that witnessed the transition of the celebration of the amateur golfer to the fascination of the modern professional golfer. A must-read for any golf nut.
A suburb story well written about a place where golf is a way of life. There were no losers that day, Cypress Point was the winner.