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A glimpse into the history of golf from the perspective of African American golfers such as Bill Spiller, Lee Elder, and Howard Wheeler examines the racial discrimination they encountered and their contributions to the sport.
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John H. Kennedy has been a journalist for nearly three decades and has worked as a reporter and an editor for the Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He is an assistant professor of communication at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.Review:
“[Kennedy] has written a fascinating history of African-American golfers.”—Stan Hochman, Philadelphia Daily News (Stan Hochman Philadelphia Daily News)
“[Kennedy] paints with great detail a picture of how hard it was for African Americans trying to play their way onto the PGA Tour.”—John Schumacher, Sacramento Bee (John Schumacher Sacramento Bee)
“A Course of Their Own is a compelling read, a tough read, an enlightening read. And perhaps most of all, it is an important read for anyone who knows and loves the game of golf.”—John Steinbreder, Golfweek (John Steinbreder Golfweek)
"John H. Kennedy chooses . . . a familiar, colloquial style that almost transparently frames the players' stories while resonating with their voices. There is no high apparatus here, no glossy metaphor. The facts . . . are presented eloquently through the oral histories of the African American golfers and others who lived in those mighty times."—William R. Willan, Aethlon (William R. Willan Aethlon)
"John Kennedy's A Course of Their Own reminds us that, before Tiger, there were many other black professionals whose abilities may have rivaled his but they never received the chance to play in the Masters nor in any other PGA sponsored events."—J. Paul Leslie, Sports Literature Association (J. Paul Leslie Sports Literature Association)
"What Kennedy manages to do so well in his book is to give the reader a sense of some of the hardships that African-American golfers had to endure to chase their dreams, only to be denied chances time after time. . . . By using interview material Kennedy has helped preserve the oral history of these pioneers in golf and to provide the reader an important part of golf history that can not be provided by lists of tournament winners and tour statistics."—James Watson, Journal of Sport History (James Watson Journal of Sport History)
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Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0740708570
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0740708570