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8 SEPT/OCT 2017 F or the first time since it was established in 1987, two winners have been selected for the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. Named in honor of the famed American golf writer, the award acknowledges and encourages outstanding golf literature and attempts to broaden public interest in the game. Kevin Robbins, author of Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, and Peter Lewis, author of Why Are There Eighteen Holes?: St. Andrews and the Evolution of Golf Courses, both received the award at the USGA's Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, D.C.. In Penick, Robbins tells the story of the late golf coach and instructor who, in 1992, with Bud Shrake, penned the classic Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime, considered by many to be the quintessential golf advice and instruction book. In Why Are There Eighteen Holes?: St. Andrews and the Evolution of Golf Courses, Lewis takes readers on a journey through the 18th and 19th centuries to discover why there are 18 holes on a course. Drawing on a wide range of sources, he reveals that early courses had varying numbers of holes and were judged by the quality of turf, putting greens and hazards. And he shows why, as golf became more popular during the 1880s, the ideal number of holes was increasingly seen as being 18. Past recipients of the award include: Kevin Cook's Tommy's Honor. The son of a weaver and a maid, Tom Morris went from apprentice golf-ball maker to the Grand Old Man of St. Andrews. Along the way, he won the Open Championship four times and fathered a son, known as Young Tom, who broke all his father's records yet died in his twenties at the height of his fame and only a few months after his wife died in childbirth. Golf history claims Young Tom died of a broken heart, and while Cook sets the record straight, the heartbreaking essence of the story is not be reduced to pulmonary embolisms. Beyond telling a tragic story of supreme athletic accomplishment and premature death, Cook shows how golf, though quickly claimed by the aristocracy, had its roots in the working classes. Golf history at its absolute best. Bill Ott - American Library Association John Strege, When War Played Through: Golf During the Great Depression. World War II transformed the American home front, and golf was no exception. The 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 balls—and created a black market for new ones. The 1942 U.S. Open was canceled, replaced by the Hale American Open— whose winner, Ben Hogan, was awarded $1,000 in war bonds—while golfers across the country raised millions of dollars for the war effort. Other recipients of the award include Mark Frost's The Greatest Game Ever Played; Stephen Lowe's Sir Walter and Mr. Jones; and Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s Golf's Magnificent Challenge. Enjoy your walk, Eric Woods THE HERBERT WARREN WIND BOOK AWARD P U B L I S H E R ' S N O T E California Golf + Travel Publisher Eric Woods Editor Mark Spinn Art Director Long Tran Associate Editors Mike Stubbs, Suzy Evans Senior Writers Jim Dover, Tom LaMarre, Feisal Patel Contributors Ian Leggatt, Ed Vyeda, Leonard Finkel, Tom Stankowski, Ken Lane, Chris Lynch, Ryan Noll Photographers Michael Weinstein, Tom Neas, Mark Susson Travel Editor Larry Feldman Equipment Editor Scott Kramer Wine + Golf John Finney, Dan Weldy Contributing Instructors Eric Lohman, Kris Moe, Perry Parker, Ted Norby, Scott Heyn, John Ortega, John Burckle Accounting Jep Pickett California Golf + Travel is published by Golf Lab Media LLC 1224 Village Way, Ste. D, Santa Ana CA 92705 Phone: (714) 542-4653 website: California Golf + Travel is published bimonthly and distributed to California golf courses, country clubs, practice facilities, golf retailers, hotels, and resorts Entire contents of this publication is copyrighted Golf Lab Media LLC 2015, all rights reserved and may not be reproduced in any manner in whole or in part without the written permission from the publisher. For subscriptions, go to and sign up online or send your name, address, phone number, and $20 to Golf Lab Media at the Above address. For advertising opportunities and editorial information: Please call (714) 542-4653 or email to

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