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Scholarship of Discovery


During the period 1914-30 Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones dominated golf. The publicity they generated contributed much to the transformation of American golf from an elite pastime to a popular spectator sport, and together they led the way in establishing the U.S. as an international golf powerhouse. Both were outstanding sports heroes, yet their backgrounds, personalities, and public images were remarkably different--even antithetical. Sir Walter and Mr. Jones are revealing enough as individuals, but taken together they provide comparisons and contrasts which illuminate a pivotal period in the history of golf and American society.


Winner of the 2000 USGA Warren Wind Book Award. Published by Sleeping Bear Press. Used by permission.