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Freddie & Me: Life Lessons from Freddie Bennett, Augusta National's Legendary Caddie Master Hardcover – April 1, 2009


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A glimpse of Augusta National as you've never seen it. (Golf World)

A lot of books have been written about the Masters and the Augusta National Golf Club, but few if any have the authentic dialect of Freddie and Me. (The New York Times)

A unique glimpse of Augusta National, but more stirring is the account of his relationship with a one-of-a-kind mentor. (San Diego Union Tribune)

About the Author

Tripp Bowden is a former Augusta National caddy (the first full-time white caddy in the history of the elite private club), collegiate golfer, and senior advertising copywriter, first with McCann-Erickson and later with his own company, Creative Wizards Advertising. The author of Freddie & Me and a frequent speaker at prominent golf clubs across America, Tripp lives with his wife, Fletch, and children, Arrie B. and Holly Mac, in Augusta, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whenever a book can make you laugh, think, and cry at the same time, you have something.
David A. Crumbaugh
What I expected to be a book about a mentor turned out to be the sweet story of growing up under the influence of people committed to one man's life thriving.
KDinTN
Fans of Augusta, fans of golf, or anyone who can enjoy a great story about how someone can change a kid's life will love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. DeMartini on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful read. While golf fans will surely love this book for the behind the scenes insights, I'm sure just as many will love it for the beautiful story it tells, and the smooth yet vivid way the author tells it. A boy's coming of age thru guidance from an unlikely source, in a unique backdrop. You will find yourself wondering who the Freddie in your life has been, and hoping you may one day be one for someone else.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Peppers on March 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
From cover to cover this tale elicits smiles, laughter, and tears. There are good lessons revealed about friendship, growing up, and loss... and the difficulties we face with all of them.

Having grown up in Augusta, Georgia, I found it brought forth memories of my own youth.

You will love this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Prunty on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm more than a decade older than Tripp and from a different region of the country, but his stories nonetheless managed to take me back to a simpler and more enjoyable period of my life. It's too bad everyone couldn't have such a wise and kind mentor as Freddie was to Tripp; you can't help but think the world would be a better place. This is a book that can make you laugh out loud one minute and tear up the next and when you're finished you can only regret that you never had the chance to meet Freddie Bennett. I'm looking forward to Tripp's next writing endeavor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Menger on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First a disclaimer. I have lived in Augusta all my life, worked at the Augusta National during the Masters Tournament though out my teenage years, and actually met Freddie Bennett on a few occasions. This book took me back in time and reminded me what a great character Freddie was and I actually learned a bit along the way!
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.. I guess that really says it all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Carroll on November 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was on an airplane on my way home after being Medevac'd from Iraq and having a discussion with a flight attendant that was assisting me with my bags. A blond man in a pink tie and saddle shoes with his suit asked my name, thanked me for my service and returned to his seat. About five minutes later before we took off, he returned to hand me a book "Freddie and Me". This man thanked me again, for both my service and allowing him to hear the story of how I ended up at home, and said he wanted me to have the book. I honestly thought...sure, give me something to read. I then realized it was the Author, Tripp Bowden.
I read the book the whole flight. I was touched by his selflessness and his inscription, and certainly moved by his writing style. I am not a golfer, though I have clubs, a successful day for me is going home with as many golf balls as I left with. But it didn't matter...I feel like I know Freddie just through Tripp's writing style. How fortunate he was to have someone like that in his life. How inspirational.
Mr. Bowden, thank you again for your book and for recognizing our service members. Looking forward to your next endeavor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Simpson on March 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Freddie & Me is a beautiful story of a young boy who learns the most valuable lessons in life from a true Masters champion - and it's not any of those who have donned the coveted green jacket. This is not another golf book to collect dust on your coffee table - it's so much more than that. It's a story that will engage not only your mind and funny bone, but more importantly, your heart.

The golf enthusiast will certainly enjoy Bowden's glimpse into the secrecy of golf's most prestigious and exclusive course. But those of us who don't know a birdie from a bogey will be captivated by the relationship that develops between a boy searching for himself and a man who has known who he is for many years.

With each turn of the page, Bowden's gift of storytelling takes the reader from laugh out loud moments to those that are quiet and tender. And by the time you've finished this gem, you may find your eyes filled and your heart truly grateful for the Freddie in your own life. Bowden writes that "the world has lost its greatest storyteller" in Freddie, but perhaps a new one has been found.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mama2three on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Author Tripp Bowden draws you in immediately and, as soon as he is fishing with Freddie, there's no turning back - you are anxious to see what lies ahead. All throughout this beautiful story between two unlikely friends - Freddie, the CaddyMaster at the world renowned Augusta National and Tripp, his "doc's son" - you are taught valuable life lessons.

Sometimes the most beautiful stories are the simplest. This book helps put life and what is truly important into perspective. It will touch your heart. It will make you think. It will make you laugh. It will be a treasure to read over and over again. And you don't even have to be a golfer to appreciate the wisdom.

This book reads quickly yet there is so much in it's pages. In this life, we are blessed with people, our Freddies, who can light our way as we realize our potential. We just need to take the time to notice them. Or become one of them yourself. You never know whose life you may touch. I doubt Freddie ever thought about it. But look at his legacy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on May 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Today is my 47th birthday and I spent some of it finishing this wonderful book. Freddie and Me is similiar to Tuesday's With Morrie in that it involves the shaping of a young man and a mentor who guides the way (without even knowing). Tripp Bowden does a great job introducing the many characters found in "caddy shack" and the others he meets along the way -- like the homeless man in NYC. I will admit, I was very skeptical before buying this book because I thought it would be boring. I bought it because it's in the same genre as Tuesday's With Morrie (which is in my Top 5 of all time). Beautifully written, easy to read, very captivating and even provides a history lesson for those who love the Masters Golf Tournament. I am considering Freddie and Me a wonderful birthday present to myself.
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