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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Does justice to this late, great golfer-Champagne Tony Lema.
Sheryl Weinstein
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.
Leslie Ann Bluemel
P Great man, great personality and talent taken from us all too soon.
S. D. Stubblebine

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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 Susan Siegrist on April 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
I remember as a young child following Tony Lima with my mother and father (we're all golfers). What a wonderfully written story of this fascinating man's short life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Tachiera on March 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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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