In the ten years since Golf Anecdotes was first published, the game and its players have changed dramatically. This new edition, now with a foreword by Arnold Palmer and a new chapter covering the latest and greatest golf stars like Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods, reflects those changes. Readers can enjoy a sweeping look at this royal and ancient game, in a volume that is both an informal history as well as a vivid recounting of golf's most striking incidents and personalities.
Robert Sommers takes us on a grand tour that stretches from the game's dim origins in the 12th century right up to the modern PGA tour. Indeed, no other anecdote book offers this much historical depth or serves up such fascinating lore. We learn for instance that the first known golf match took place in 1504, between James IV of Scotland and the Earl of Bothwell. Sommers likewise paints a colorful portrait of golf in the era of the first professionals--Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, and Willie Park--describing the earliest rules, the equipment used, the most memorable events. Much of the book focuses on the 20th century. Here readers will find wonderful tales of Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, Joyce Wethered and Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, and of course, the amazing Tiger Woods. Thus the wide world of golf is presented, the first professionals and the latest stars, the double eagles and the double hits. Informative and highly entertaining, Golf Anecdotes will appeal to anyone who loves the game.
"Golf's rich history is filled with entertaining anecdotes. Up until now, most stories have been passed along by word of mouth, in troubadour fashion. Bob Sommers has pulled many of the more enjoyable stories together and the result is a book which will be read and reread with delight."--David B. Fay, Executive Director, United States Golf Association
"Golf Anecdotes is something entirely different--a history lesson taught with a series of vignettes. Sommers' tales are illuminating, entertaining and readable."--The Detroit Free Press
"Stories of all kinds are a great part of the fascination of golf, as well as the tradition of the game. You might want to verify your particular favorite story with this book, but Bob Sommers has made learning golf history a lot of fun as well."--Ben Crenshaw, 1995 Masters Winner
"A cornucopia of tales about the game and its players, this compendium...will entertain fairway fans."--Publishers Weekly
"Whether you are a golf addict or an infrequent player, this simple and straightforward collection of pithy tales from the golf world will delight you.... Golf Anecdotes is a treasury of great yards for the sports buff and an education in the lore of this mad game."--Halifax Daily News
"Guaranteed to amuse, entertain, and educate all lovers of the game.... The brevity of Sommers' style catches exactly the right note, but the real secret of this book's success is that, where possible in the case of every anecdote, he allows his protagonists' own words to tell the story."--Golf Weekly
"A bouillabaisse of golf history, stories, one-liners, and believe-it-or-nots.... Golf Anecdotes is a pleasure to look over in the random moment.... Golfers will love it."--The Times (Trenton, NJ)