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An accomplished LPGA player recalls her days as an unlikely student of a living legend and the priceless lessons he taught her.
As a collegiate golfer in the 1980s, rising star Kris Tschetter was fortunate enough to gain membership at Shady Oaks, one of the best courses in Texas, where Ben Hogan was a member. There was an unwritten rule at the club: Don't bother Mr. Hogan. But when the master of the game observed Tschetter's constant presence on the driving range, he offered to help her with her swing. And a unique friendship began.
Despite Hogan's enigmatic reputation, Tschetter reveals a very different side to golf's elder statesman. On the links, he began to recall some of his fondest memories, telling his new student about his fifty-year romance with his wife, Valerie, and sharing other poignant details about his life. After Tschetter turned pro, Hogan came out to watch her play at Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club-the last professional round he watched in person. Mr. Hogan, the Man I Knew is a stirring memoir of a champion's final chapter and a friendship between two very different people who shared the same passion.
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Kris Tschetter has been an LPGA touring professional since 1988 and is the founder of the Kris Tschetter Celebrity Golf Benefit for Kids. She lives in Warrenton, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.
Author and former PGA pro Steve Eubanks has written thirty books and lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.
In the 1980s, at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, there was one unwritten rule: don’t talk to Mr. Hogan. But that’s exactly what collegiate golfer Kris Tschetter did, and from a few timid greetings grew a deep friendship that lasted until golf legend Hogan’s death, in 1997. Hogan admired Tschetter’s determination to become a better player and gradually began to give her advice, which blossomed into a bantering, good-natured relationship that defied all the stereotypes about him being gruff and unapproachable. With coauthor Eubanks, Tschetter, who became an LPGA touring pro, shows the formidable Hogan to be a caring, often playful teacher and friend but a man whose sense of propriety couldn’t be violated, especially by those out to exploit him. There is also plenty of golf here: we see Hogan, for example, well into his seventies, playing what would be the last round in his life and shooting even par for nine holes while exhibiting the same phenomenal ball striking that won him nine major championships. This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer. --Bill Ott
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Book Description Gotham, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1592406718