Golf Books Worth Reading: The Match by Mark Frost

By Ryan Watson



With much of the world in quarantine, now is a great time to read some of the great golf books. At GolfLink, we are profiling some of the best books out there to tide us all over before we can get back out there on the greens. Today, we look at the best game of golf you’ve never heard about, when 2 of the best amateur golfers took on the world’s best.

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

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The Match is a barnburner of a story crafted by Mark Frost, the famed screenwriter and author of The Greatest Game Ever Played about amatuer Francis Ouimet’s unlikely 1913 U.S. Open win over the game’s best professionals. And it is with Ouimet’s caddie Eddie Lowery, now a full grown businessmen and millionaire, that The Match begins. Lowery was a booster for amateur golf and boasted to fellow millionaire George Coleman that 2 of his employees, who happen to have been some of the best amateur golfers of the time, could beat any player in a game of best-ball. Coleman took this as a bet and showed up with the greatest professional golfers of the day, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, to compete against Lowery's team. What occurred next is truly the stuff of legend.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.