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Tin Cup Dreams: A Long Shot Makes It on the PGA Tour Paperback – May 9, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0786886470 ISBN-10: 0786886471

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786886471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786886470
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The premise is simple and not unfamiliar: a writer attends the PGA's qualifying tournament, or Q. School, and latches on to one of the winners, whom he then follows around for a season on the tour. The resulting chronicle would have been a disaster had the player, like so many Q. School graduates, not made the cut on the tour; D'Antonio lucked out in finding Esteban Toledo, a self-taught Mexican grinder who just wants to earn enough to keep his Tour card for another year and for whom a Tour victory would represent not fame and fortune but the final step away from his dirt-poor origins in Mexicali, where his family "never had money for [Christmas] presents or a tree, or a feast." Although D'Antonio's recounting of round after round of golf grows a bit tiresome, you can't help but pull for Toledo. He overestimates his own mistakes. He practices with singular will. He has to learn to trust his well-meaning caddy. And he frequently doubts his own self-worth, especially when confronted by the racism that clearly pervades Tour events--on several occasions, Toledo is denied access to player areas because he's Mexican. On top of Toledo's quest, readers also get a fascinating look at the PGA not shown on TV, plus dozens of interesting tidbits and anecdotes from golf history. Overall, D'Antonio comes in at one under. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Golf has always been a game in which impossible dreams could be achieved. But is that still true, in an era when champions are groomed from infancy? Determined to find out, D'Antonio went looking for a long shot to follow. He found one in self-taught Mexican Esteban Toledo, and this account follows Toledo's first year on the PGA Tour. Of all the "year in the life" golf books that have appeared in the wake of John Feinstein's best-selling A Good Walk Spoiled (1995), this one is the least derivative and most satisfying. Toledo's story is a human-interest bonanza--dirt-poor childhood in Mexico, former boxer, caddy turned champion--and D'Antonio lets the facts speak for themselves, never piling on the pathos. Best of all, golf fans will see a side of the tour here they have rarely seen before--the nameless grinders who must struggle to win enough money to keep their tour cards for another year. Toledo's triumph makes a genuinely inspiring sports story. Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Besides the influence of family and growing-up experiences in small town New Hampshire I have been most affected by two people I met in college, my wife Toni and my first mentor, writer Donald Murray. Both have encouraged me to express my creativity, connect with others, and find ways to serve. They understood intuitively what I later found expressed so well by Viktor Frankl in Man's Search for Meaning. I've found that if I don't take maysellf too seriously, and add a little silliness, it's a pretty good recipe.
Today I live in Long Island, not far from the sound. I have two grown daughters, Amy and Elizabeth, who have becopme the other great influences on my life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jae Brown on March 11, 2003
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It�s hard to know what part of this sweaty fairy tale to like the best.
First there was Esteban Toledo the boy. He was the driven young Mexican kid whose family in Mexicali was so poor that having nothing would be a step up.
But the boy was also unique. He was a scrapper. He was a boy with nothing who taught himself to play a rich man�s game and he worked at it fulltime. So, just at the right time, some rich gringo from California offered the boy a miracle.
Then, there is Esteban the man. It took a while until he adjusted to the first miracle: Going from the streets to living in a mansion. But he goes on to a new struggle, the hugely difficult quest to play on the PGA tour and just when he seems doomed, he creates a second miracle.
Finally, we have the millionaire, a man who plowed fields behind a horse at age 8. Jon Minnis the self-made man doesn�t care about a charitable tax deduction. He prefers results to tax deductions. He and his wife, Rita, would rather pluck a poor kid out of the Mexicali slums, just because the kid deserves a shot. Then, of course, they will love him and suffer with him. You�ll thank God they didn�t just write a check.
Tin Cup Dreams by Michael D�Antonio is a true, painful, inspiring tale in which suffering leads to miracles. These miracles demand huge investments in sacrifice, and enormous, unlikely leaps of faith before the ball falls into that tin cup at just the right moment. But when that ball really does fall, you still know it is a miracle and you still wipe the sweat off your brow and rejoice.
If you�ve never bet on a long shot, or even if you have, this is a great, fast read that pays off in inspiration and motivation. Meet PGA Tour pro golfer Esteban Toledo and the people who are there with him in his dream. It�s worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
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a fascinating look at a journeyman pro golfer, better known as a "grinder," whose obsession with making the grade on the pga circuit is offset by his own mood swings. the subject is a rags to riches story, a poor mexican boy made good, and while his story is told well, his life on the circuit offers little drama apart from making the cut each week. estaban toldeo ain't no king kong misfit a la john daly; merely a hardworking, somewhat anonymous golfer, who might be one of the top 100 players in the world, but still doesn't get the respect he deserves. the author chose toledo to follow after meeting him at the qualfying school, or q, and liked what he saw--the intensity and natural feel he had for the game. had he chosen a different subject, one who was more voluble and expressive, this behind the scenes account of a pro golfer would have moved faster. instead, it petered out like a long par five, though you have to give credit to toledo for his self-discipline and desire to keep playing and playing and practicing and practicing. by the way, too many typos--bogeys!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Klaas on December 14, 2000
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This book was simply sensational! Anyone who has ever touched a golf club should read this book, because it makes anyone a believer that the "impossible" can happen. I could not put this heartwarming book down after reading page after page of Esteban's trials and turmoils on his path to greatness on the PGA Tour. What a great book for anyone who's been told that they cannot do something. Esteban Toledo silenced all his critics and proved that he could!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E - man on August 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being an obsessed golfer, I really enjoyed the "play-by-play" and the "insider" information the story provides. It is generally very well written (there were numerous typo's - poor editing). I just didn't want to put it down. It was like I was experiencing it with him.
It's a great success story, one that anyone will enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Carroll on March 17, 2000
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The author presents a well written and compelling narrative of the dreams and struggles of PGA Tour professional Esteban Toledo. Read this book if you are interested in the day-to-day life of a touring golf professional. I was, however, continuously distracted by the poor editing of the book. There are so many editing mistakes that by the end of the book the reader is simply insulted by the lack of care that apparently went into publishing the author's excellent work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert H. Bourne Jr. on June 6, 2000
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When this book was given to me by a friend I said, " Golf, You have to be kidding." My friend told me to give it a chance and loe and behold, by the middle of chapter one, I was hooked. This beautiful book is about life, I felt as if the author was in my den, reading this book to me personally. Mr. D'Antonio is a major talent and I intend to read his other works, Bravo!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Colen on March 1, 2000
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In "Tin Cup Dreams" Michael D'Antonio combines the heart of a life-long duffer with the observational and prose skills of a John McPhee. I think golf is perhaps the single most boring human activity - after sleeping - but I couldn't put down my copy of Tin Cup Dreams until I finished the last page.
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