What happens when a weekend athlete of average skill at best joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton, one of the finest participatory sports journalists, spent a month of self-imposed torture on the tour to find out. Along the way, he meets amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans, and hangers-on. In The Bogey Man, we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton's thoughts and experiences frustrating, humbling and, sometimes, thrilling from the first tee to the last green.
This intriguing classic, which remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf, features Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Walter Hagan, and many other golf greats and eccentrics, all doing what they do best.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:March 18, 1927
Date of Death:September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:New York, NY
Place of Death:New York, NY
Education:B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952
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"Why don't you try Ben Hogan?" the member asked.
He said he would call himhe was a good friendand put in a word for me. Hogan was in the vicinity preparing for the Masters, as he did annnually at the Seminole Golf Club north of Palm Beach.
I thanked the member, and a few days later, on his say-so, I called Hogan. I explained somewhat haltingly that I wanted to write an article about commpeting against great professionals. Perhaps a match could be arranged.
I can remember his voice in replypolite and easy. It took me awhile to realize that he was turning me down. He said, yes, our mutual friend had described the notion to him. He said he had no ojection to playing a friendly match, perhaps along with the friend who had put us in touch. A good player a former Harvard captain, did I know that? Yes, I said. But Hogan went on, if I intended to write about playing against him in a competiton, well, that was another matter. The conditions would have to be those of a tournament..