Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son

Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son

by Kevin Cook

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Overview

In the tradition of Seabiscuit, the riveting tale of two proud Scotsmen who beat all comers to become the heroes of a golden age—the dawn of professional golf. This essential golf history is now a major motion picture.

Bringing to life golf’s founding father and son, Tommy’s Honor is a stirring tribute to two legendary players and a vivid evocation of their colorful, rip-roaring times.

The Morrises were towering figures in their day. Old Tom, born in 1821, began life as a nobody—he was the son of a weaver and a maid. But he was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, the cradle of golf, and the game was in his blood. He became the Champion Golfer of Scotland, a national hero who won tournaments (and huge bets) while his young son looked on. As "Keeper of the Green" at the town’s ancient links, Tom deployed golf’s first lawnmower and banished sheep from the fairways.

Then Young Tommy’s career took off. Handsome Tommy Morris, the Tiger Woods of the nineteenth century, was a more daring player than his father. Soon he surpassed Old Tom and dominated the game. But just as he reached his peak—with spectators flocking to see him play—Tommy’s life took a tragic turn, leading to his death at the age of twenty-four. That shock is at the heart of Tommy’s Honor. It left Tom to pick up the pieces—to honor his son by keeping Tommy’s memory alive.

Like the New York Times bestseller The Greatest Game Ever PlayedTommy’s Honor is both fascinating history and a moving personal saga. Golfers will love it, but this book isn’t only for golfers. It’s for every son who has fought to escape a father’s shadow and for every father who had guided a son toward manhood, then found it hard to let him go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592403424
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 373,358
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Kevin Cook is the author of the award-winning Tommy's Honor (the basis for the feature film), Titanic Thompson, Kitty Genovese, and The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

James A. Gillies has been a familiar voice across BBC television and radio for nearly a quarter of a century. Trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, he has worked as an actor, continuity announcer, program narrator, and newsreader. He lives with his wife and two Norwegian Forest cats in Kilbarchan, Scotland.

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Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully constructed biography of the fathers of golf as we know it. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It was carefully made relevant in today's language as opposed to trying to decipher and print the Scottish brogue of Old Tom's day. I recommend this to lovers of the game, to lovers of biography, to lovers of Scotland (Fifeshire in particular) and to those who just like a good yarn that is based in reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read even for a non golfer
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I just finished this great book. An excellent story about the orgins of Golf & this storied family. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the history of this great game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Learned alot about the history of golf and Scotland.Tom Morris was a legend. The stories and the research to do this book is a compliment to author Kevin Cook- Thank you for this book!