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  • 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 (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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intersting reading
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Wonderful book about a great personality. Shows that professional athletes can be very caring people also. His strong faith helped him achieve his goal.
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Great book for golf fans.
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Enjoyed reading about Tony Lema. One of my favorite golfers of all time. Such a tragedy.
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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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