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Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Don Van Natta Jr., Released June 2, 2011 [Hardcover, Kindle, Audio]

Wonder Girl“It would be much better if she and her ilk stayed at home, got themselves prettied up and waited for the phone to ring.”

Fortunately for us Babe Didrikson Zaharias did not listen to sportswriter Joe Williams but the quote does capture the state of affairs for women athletes in the early 20th Century.

Named one of the Top 10 athletes of the 20th Century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s accomplishments are legendary.

-Two track and field Gold Medals and one Silver Medal (1932 Los Angeles Olympics)
-All-American status in basketball
-Expert diver, roller-skater, and bowler
-The first (and currently only) woman in history to make the cut in a regular PGA Tour event

(Oh, and she was an expert seamstress making many of the clothes she wore, including her golfing outfits.)

In this biography of Babe’s life, author Don Van Natta Jr. brings to life the extraordinary life and sporting career of golf’s first female superstar.

A founding member of the LPGA, Babe (named after Babe Ruth) won more consecutive tournaments than any golfer in history. But near the peak of her fame she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Never one to give up, a month after undergoing surgery Babe won her 10th and final major with a U.S. Women’s Open championship.

“Wonder Girl is a wonderful read about a woman who charged through life shattering stereotypes on the playing fields and off. As a boy I followed her amazing career in the sports pages as she changed the face of golf and the Olympics but now, thanks to Don Van Natta, I have the complete story of this authentically American trail blazer who was so much more than just a gifted athlete.” (Tom Brokaw )


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The good doctor, the social engineer, and the golfing gems of California.(An essay about Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter): An article from: California History by Edward Allan Brawley [HTML, Digital]

California Historical SocietyIt was the late 1920’s when legendary golf course architect Alister MacKenzie teamed with Robert Hunter to create Cypress Point Club at Pebble Beach; the Meadow Club in Fairfax; and the Valley Club of Montecito. In less than four years the collaboration produced some of the world’s finest golf courses.

This is a digital document from the December 22, 2008 issue of California History, published by California Historical Society. The length of the article is 9393 words–about 31 pages based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.


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New Ben Hogan Releases from David Barrett, Kris Tschetter and Ted Hunt

October 2010 seems to be Ben Hogan month as three new books are released and there is something for everyone–instruction, history and a memoir.

Micracle at MerionFirst up is Miracle at Merion: The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan’s Amazing Comeback and Victory at the 1950 U.S. Open by David Barrett and released on October 8, 2010.  It’s the incredible story of Ben Hogan’s victory just sixteen months after suffering near-fatal injuries in a head-on car crash with a Greyhound bus.

Mr Hogan the Man I KnewThe second release is tomorrow, October 14, 2010 when Kris Tschetter brings us Mr. Hogan, the Man I Knew: An LPGA Player Looks Back on an Amazing Friendship and Lessons She Learned from Golf’s Greatest Legend.  Forget what you may have heard about Hogan being unapproachable, collegiate golfer Tschetter ignored the unwritten rule of no contact to form a deep friendship that last until Hogan’s death in 1997.

Ben Hogan Short GameOur third release comes October 27, 2010 (available for pre order) and it’s called Ben Hogan’s Short Game Simplified: The Secret to Hogan’s Game from 120 Yards and In by Ted Hunt.  Always admired for his swing, this is a close-up look at Hogan’s short game with a detailed, step-by-step look at each of the elements.

If you are a Hogan fan don’t miss our interview with the producer of The Ben Hogan Collection on DVD.

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The Ryder Cup: A History by Bruce Critchley and Colin Montgomerie

The Ryder Cup A History Available in paperback, The Ryder Cup: A History was released September 2, 2010. 

This year’s Ryder Cup takes place at Celtic Manor, Wales and approximately one billion people are expected to tune in to see if Team America can repeat its 2008 performance.

“The Ryder Cup: A History of Golf’s Greatest Match” is an authoritative up-to-date chronicle of this fascinating event. It charts the spirited early years in the 1920s when only the British Isles took on the USA – in what was regularly a one-sided New World affair – through to the gladiatorial modern-day epics and the inclusion of Europe.

About the Authors

Bruce Critchley played for Great Britain and Ireland against the USA in the Walker Cup and has commentated on golf tournaments for the last 25 years, on the BBC and as the leading golf commentator on Sky, for whom he will cover the 2010 Cup.

Colin Montgomerie has been Europe’s undisputed leading golfer over the last 15 years, playing in eight Ryder Cups and never losing a singles match. He will captain Europe in their quest to win back the trophy at Celtic Manor in 2010.

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Tenby to Celtic Manor: A History of Golf in Wales by Byron Kalies

Tenby to Celtic ManorIf you are interested in golf in Wales Tenby to Celtic Manor is a new release (August 2010) worth trying to locate.  At last check there was a single copy available on Amazon.com and it was on backorder from Amazon’s UK store.  (Obviously the Ryder Cup has something to do with it.)

The book is published by Carreg Gwalch and is organized around 18 golf clubs that tell the story of golf in Wales. These chapters are:

Tenby, Royal Porthcawl, Monmouth, Pwllheli, Newport (Gwent), Llandrindod Wells, Caerphilly, Southerndown, Wrexham, Vale of Llangollen, Dinas Powys, Tredegar and Rhymney, Pyle and Kenfig, Llanymynech, Rhosgoch, Penrhos, Dewstow and Celtic Manor.

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