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Trials and triumphs of golf's greatest champions : a legacy of hope

Author: Lyle A Slovick
Publisher: Lanham : ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Golf can be a vexing and cruel game, and teaches us much about ourselves. It has been described as a contest calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character. In the end, as with most of life, success hinges on the character and spirit we possess. But how would our tempers be tested if we suffered a career-threatening injury from a near-fatal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyle A Slovick
ISBN: 9781442261181 1442261188
OCLC Number: 933386033
Description: xxix, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The game : "It all comes back to character" --
Harry Vardon : "Never despair" --
Bobby Jones : "We have to play the ball as it lies" --
Ben Hogan : "The human body is a great machine" --
Babe Didrickson Zaharias : "Spiritual muscle" --
Charlie Sifford : "What kept me going? I don't know" --
Ken Venturi : "I still think it was a miracle" --
Bruce Edwards : "I'm just trying to carry on."
Responsibility: Lyle A. Slovick ; forewrod by ZBill Fields.

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This book tells the inspirational stories of seven famous golfers who refused to let physical and emotional trials stop them from playing the game they love. The golfers include Harry Vardon, Bobby  Read more...

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Typically, golf books are written by either sportswriters or golfers. However, Slovick tackles golf from the perspective of a historian . . . [T]his narrative provides an affirmation of grace in the Read more...

 
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