The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

by Mark Frost

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Overview

In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era — Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan — against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi.

The year: 1956. Decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match, and challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue. Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them.

In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day-legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played-comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401302788
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 80,260
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Frost is the bestselling author of The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Grand Slam, Game Six, and the novels The Second Objective, The List of Seven, The Six Messiahs, and the young-adult series The Paladin Prophecy. He received a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues, was co-creator and executive producer of the legendary ABC television series Twin Peaks, and in 2005 wrote and produced The Greatest Game Ever Played as a major motion picture from Walt Disney Studios. Mark lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

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Dave_Donelson More than 1 year ago
Could two amateur golfers beat two of the world's greatest professionals? Once upon a time, they might. Mark Frost tells the story of just such a contest in his account of The Match: The Day The Game Of Golf Changed Forever. But this isn't a fairy tale. It is instead a can't-put-it-down true account of a high-stakes game played in 1956 on one of golf's most spectacular courses by four of the game's legendary competitors. Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson are the pros. They have fourteen major championships between them. Coming from the same caddie yard, the once-close competitors haven't spoken in years--but they teamed up to face the two leading amateurs of the day, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Both of these young men competed at the highest levels of the game in the hallowed tradition of Bobby Jones. As a match-play team, they had never been defeated. The venue for the match? Storied Cypress Point, whose fairways follow craggy cliffs and rocky promontories swept by the winds of the Pacific while the ocean crashes below. Frost lays out the play stroke by stroke, pacing the narrative with revealing histories of the players and other notables involved in the day. He puts the game into context, pointing out that this day marked the end of the amateur era and the ascendance of the professional. While the match itself is compelling, the after-stories make fascinating reading, too, especially for those of us intersted in the history of golf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
davedonelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Could two amateur golfers beat two of the world's greatest professionals? Once upon a time, they might. Mark Frost tells the story of just such a contest in his account of The Match: The Day The Game Of Golf Changed Forever. But this isn't a fairy tale. It is instead a can't-put-it-down true account of a high-stakes game played in 1956 on one of golf's most spectacular courses by four of the game's legendary competitors.Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson are the pros. They have fourteen major championships between them. Coming from the same caddie yard, the once-close competitors haven't spoken in years--but they teamed up to face the two leading amateurs of the day, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Both of these young men competed at the highest levels of the game in the hallowed tradition of Bobby Jones. As a match-play team, they had never been defeated. The venue for the match? Storied Cypress Point, whose fairways follow craggy cliffs and rocky promontories swept by the winds of the Pacific while the ocean crashes below.Frost lays out the play stroke by stroke, pacing the narrative with revealing histories of the players and other notables involved in the day. He puts the game into context, pointing out that this day marked the end of the amateur era and the ascendance of the professional. While the match itself is compelling, the after-stories make fascinating reading, too, especially for those of us intersted in the history of golf.
Gatorhater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The setting is 1956 in Pebble Beach golf course at the Bing Crosby's clam-bake, when Eddie Lowery says that he has two amateurs that can beat any two golfers that George Coleman can find to play in a match play, match. Coleman puts up Ben Hogan & Byron Nelson against Lowery's Ken Venyuri & Harvie Ward and they go out an play the most amazing match with Hogan & Nelson winning 1-up. They shoot a best ball score of 58 to 59 with individual scores of 63, 67, 65 and 67 respectively. An eagle on the 10th hole by Hogan was the difference in the match since Ward birdied that same hole for a loss of hole to the Pro's.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This really isn't a book that I would pick up to read. However, I really enjoyed it! I'm new to the game of golf, so none of the men in the book were immediately recognized. I have heard a few of these names associated with the game, but didn't know anything about them, or how they pursued the game of golf. Much of this book is a history lesson about the game of golf and how it changed as a result of a few individuals. Learning about these men was actually quite interesting. Harvie Ward was the comic, Ben Hogan the silent and reserved, Byron Nelson the friendly coach and Ken Venturi was the youngster. I truly enjoyed getting to know these men and what they each brought to the game of golf. Of the four, Ward's story was one of achievement, and the one that I enjoyed the most. He was wronged, yet did not point fingers and blame. He grew from the whole escapade and became a much better person for it. His story was inspirational. Ultimately, the story tells about what is referred to as The Match. It was an informal eighteen hole round of golf played by the games top two amateurs, as seen by Eddie Lowery, and the top to pros, picked by George Coleman. Lowery and Coleman had a bet on this match and the foursome each had their own side bets. When all was said and done, the pros won by 1 stroke. What this proves is that during that time in history, the sport was predominately played by amateurs, though some held professional status. Nowadays, there wouldn't be any two amateurs who could play against any two pros and put up the same numbers. Many of the records that these 4 men set are still standing, and at the least, still talked about. The game as a whole is much different today than back when these men played the game. Back then it was about pride, score improvement and bettering oneself. Now, it's largely about the money and the endorsements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging and captivating. Not only do we get a shot by shot recap of the Match, Mark Frost provides a look into the lives of the participants. I saw each shot as described by Mark and I felt the personalities of the players. The recap of the Match moves quickly but because Mark intercedes other stories between shots, you need to know what happens, thus I could not stop reading. Enjoy.
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benignswine More than 1 year ago
Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply outstanding. Recreates a time when the world seemed a little simpler and less combative. If you appreciated the book The Legend of Bagger Vance you will truely enjoy this real life slice of not only golf history but American history.
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One of the best ever
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