With the release of its definitive new book on the history of golf in the Bay State, "A Commonwealth of Golfers - A Centennial Tribute to the Game and Its Players," the Massachusetts Golf Association has shown that the pen and brassie are indeed mightier than the sword.
Created to mark the centenary of the Massachusetts Golf Association, founded in 1903, this 280-page coffee table style book features contributions by distinguished journalists and writers such as John Updike, Herbert Warren Wind, Bradley S. Klein and John P. English, and more than 400 stunning photographs commissioned especially for this book.
"A Commonwealth of Golfers" is a celebration of the game of golf as well as a fascinating history of the game's growth and development in the state of Massachusetts. It is a book that every Massachusetts golfer will enjoy as well as any golfer with a passion for the customs and traditions of the greatest game of all.
"A Commonwealth of Golfers" was created to capture the essence of the game. Here is a look at just some of what you will find inside this definitive golf tome.
The history of golf in Massachusetts has been blessed with people of extraordinary genius, innovation, perseverance and dedication. The book honors the exploits of these and other superstars on Massachusetts turf, including Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Julius Boros, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, not to mention such outstanding homegrown players as Mike Brady, Henry Picard, Bob Toski and Paul Harney. "A Commonwealth of Golfers" also pays tribute to individuals such as Donald Ross, who cut his teeth on golf course design at Boston area country clubs before embarking on his legendary career in golf architecture.
Through the lens of Michael Carroll, whose acclaimed photography appears regularly in People, Forbes and Golf and Travel, this volume documents the diverse character and lifestyle of golf throughout the Bay State. It also captures the distinctive beauty of the links courses of Cape Cod, the storied championship venues of Brookline, Salem and Worcester, and the rolling layouts of the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, among many other courses.
From native son Francis Ouimet's monumental upset victory in the 1913 U.S. Open, which precipitated the first genuine golf boom in American history, to the equally historic come-from-behind-triumph, in the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, of a determined United States team captained by Ben Crenshaw, Massachusetts has experienced some of the most defining moments in the game's history.