BWB REMEMBERS THE BOOKS OF OUR CHILDHOOD (3 OF 3)
The third and final part in our Children’s Book Week series on the books that BWB employees remember from their childhood. Don’t forget...
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World War II transformed the American home front, and golf was no exception. The world-famous Masters course at Augusta National became a farm to ease food shortages. Ben Hogan and Sam Snead were drafted, and Bobby Jones enlisted. Rubber rationing forced pros and amateurs alike to play with well-worn golf ballsaand created a black market for new ones. The 1942 U.S. Open was canceled, replaced by the Hale American Openawhose winner, Ben Hogan, was awarded $1,000 in war bondsawhile golfers across the country raised millions of dollars for the war effort.
"When War Played Through" brings to life these little-known aspects of an endlessly fascinating period in golfas history. Bestselling golf author John Stregeas narrative extends overseas to captured soldiers in Germany who constructed golf courses in a POW camp and English golfers who devised rules for playing around bomb craters and shrapnel during the Blitz (from the Richmond Gold Club in London: aA player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball. Penalty one stroke.a). Many golfers returned home from battle with commendations for valor, finding unmatched solace on the links after a dark time.
"When War Played Through" is the compelling story how an elite sport became a selfless oneaand how golf became, for a nation at war, much more than a game.
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