In the 1980s, at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, there was one unwritten rule: don’t talk to Mr. Hogan. But that’s exactly what collegiate golfer Kris Tschetter did, and from a few timid greetings grew a deep friendship that lasted until golf legend Hogan’s death, in 1997. Hogan admired Tschetter’s determination to become a better player and gradually began to give her advice, which blossomed into a bantering, good-natured relationship that defied all the stereotypes about him being gruff and unapproachable. With coauthor Eubanks, Tschetter, who became an LPGA touring pro, shows the formidable Hogan to be a caring, often playful teacher and friend but a man whose sense of propriety couldn’t be violated, especially by those out to exploit him. There is also plenty of golf here: we see Hogan, for example, well into his seventies, playing what would be the last round in his life and shooting even par for nine holes while exhibiting the same phenomenal ball striking that won him nine major championships. This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer. --Bill Ott
"This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer."
"I never tire of hearing Hogan stories. These stories are special, though. My profound thanks to Kris for sharing her personal thoughts and remembrances of a man so few knew well. This book finally brings to light his humorous and sensitive side. I loved it."
-Ben Crenshaw, Masters Champion, 1984 and 1995
"This young lady obviously knew my friend, Ben, very well. Her anecdotes demonstrate his genuine character. I found her book very entertaining."
-Jackie Burke, PGA Golfer of the Year, 1956
"It's not only the best "golf" book I've ever read but also unveils a Hogan his legions of fans and followers never knew."
-Jim Mahoney, Legendary Hollywood Publicist
"You don't have to know the difference between a hook and a fade or a birdie and an eagle to enjoy this heartfelt story about an unexpected yet unlikely friendship of two people, in different stages of their lives, brought together by the game of golf. Once you start reading this book, don't expect to put it down anytime soon."
-Linda Cohn, ESPN Sportscaster