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The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan

John Coyne

St. Martin's Griffin

Returning as an honored guest to the exclusive country club where he worked in his youth, Jack Handley remembers the summer of ’46 when he caddied for Ben Hogan in the last Chicago Open. Now a respected historian, Jack recounts to the assembled sons and daughters of members he once knew the dramatic match between the mysterious and charismatic Hogan and the young club pro he idealized. The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan is filled with dazzling descriptions of hole-by-hole match play drama, and laced with anecdotes from that golden age of sports. This bittersweet novel of friendship, lost love, and great golf is told through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy whose life is forever changed by one of the greatest players of the game.

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Chapter One 
Memories are magic. Our lives come back to us with the edges smoothed out, those long-ago days all sunny and bright with southern breezes and sapphire skies, and we hardly notice the dark and threatening clouds that frame the picture.
 
I state that now--at the very beginning of my afternoon talk--as a cautionary comment. I have been kindly asked by your anniversary committee chairman, Dr. Hughes--and thank you, Doug, for inviting me--to recall when the Chicago Open was played at this course, an anniversary you can surely be proud of. I once heard a pro say his club
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  • John Coyne

  • John Coyne was twelve when he became a caddie at Midlothian Country Club, south of Chicago, Illinois. At sixteen he was promoted to caddie master, which even today he considers the most demanding work he has ever done. After graduating from Saint Louis University, he served with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and did a stint as dean of students at a New York college before becoming a full-time writer. Since then he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, and while he has edited three books on golf instruction, this is his first novel about golf, his lifelong passion. Today, in addition to writing, he is working at a college again and edits the website www.peacecorpswriters.org. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York, with his wife and son. 
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