Thursday, January 07, 2016

History of golf

He had "a coal heaver's swing," they said
 Lorne Rubenstein considers my friend Michael Cochrane's upcoming book on George Lyon, pioneer Canadian golfer and winner of an Olympic gold medal... in 1904.  Since golf is about to return as an  Olympic sport (!), the book is timely, and the dean of Canadian golf writers finds it a good read on Canadian sport around the start of the 20th century:
Olympic Lyon should be required reading for anybody and everybody who will cover the golf competition next July. Reading the book will also enhance the enjoyment of anybody following the coverage. Let’s face it. You didn’t know that Lyon was a fire insurance salesman, did you? Or that he had to take care of his clients when the Great Fire of Toronto broke out downtown on April 19, 1904?
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