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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Proving Press (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991129318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991129317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Roland graduated from St. Louis University in 1969 with a B.S. Degree in Finance. Following nearly ten years in the business world, he attended the University of Utah and earned a Journalism Degree in the Communication School. He was an Associate Editor for a Salt Lake City Sports Magazine for two years before he became Editor of The Golf Traveler magazine for nine years. Bill has been a member of the Golf Writers Association of America since 1982. He wrote an article about Tony Lema that appeared in a 1984 issue of Golf Digest. He remained close to members of the Lema family and decided to write Champagne Tony Lema: Triumph to Tragedy in the fall of 2012 so that the book would be written and published in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Tony Lema's 1964 British Open victory!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Ann Bluemel on February 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
With Lema's birthday having just passed, I very much enjoyed reading this well-written book and learning more of the life and legend of this golf hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hathaway Russell on March 11, 2014
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Excellent read for sports enthusiasts and people who enjoy human interest stories. Through extensive research of public and personal records, Bill Roland recreates the life of Tony Lema and we share the triumph and tragedy of his brief and brilliant career. Mr. Roland, who has spent a lifetime studying, photographing, writing about, and playing golf, clearly loves the game. He takes the reader back to the time when golf was emerging as a TV spectator sport and its stars were becoming national celebrities. His fondness for his subject and respect for Tony's impact on the game of golf came through like a perfect round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Dawson on March 10, 2014
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It really captures what the tour was like in its first golden age with Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus coming on the scene, how they paid their dues, how hard it was to win, what the competition was like, etc. I think that just from this point of view the book is very valuable and would be enjoyed by anyone interested in the PGA tour. I loved the stories about going down to South America to try to make some money and get experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Tachiera on March 15, 2014
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This book provides a detailed look at the life of Tony Lema, and tour life in the 1960's. The author also included Tony's career records, tributes from his contemporaries, and even Tony's thoughts on the golf swing. A book about one of golf's greatest, and also one of it's most interesting characters.
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Tony Lema was a hero both me and my best golfing companion, Gary Kessler of Sandusky, Ohio. We were devastated by Tony's untimely death as I was of Gary's almost fifteen years later. This book puts Tony's life and his progress to becoming The Open champion in fine perspective with the rest of his sometimes playboy lifestyle that he, unlike Walter Hagen, abandoned when he met and married his soulmate Betty. We all really lost a tremendously-talented golfer on his way to greatness and, moreover, a great and kind man. Although his time span as a professional golfer was very short and his record not sufficient to meet today's Hall of Fame standards, he did more in his last five years of life than most do in a career and was a tremendous World Ambassador for golf. He should receive special dispensation from the Hall and should be admitted immediately.

Just a quick note about how the book read, I am somewhat a stickler for good proofreading as I write and review many complex legal documents on pretty much a daily basis. This book would have been helped by a good proofreading and consistency check as I found a few discrepancies between some of the stories that, again, a good critical proofread should have caught. All in all a very good book and easy read about as fine a fellow as you'd be lucky to meet.

I'm adding an update to this review because I neglected to compliment Mr. Roland's extensive and painstaking research that he skillfully wove into a fine, enlightening, and engaging story with incredible detail. His keen observations of Mr. Lema's tragic last day on Earth are simply spellbinding, though depressing, as we all wish that day had ended differently with Tony alive and playing on a different golf course than the one he died on. P Great man, great personality and talent taken from us all too soon. Great book, Bill!i
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