Links, Lore and Legends: The Story of Texas Golf written by Art Stricklin

All Bob Estes started out with was dreams. While growing up in the windswept, flat, eastern edge of West Texas known as Abilene, dreams were about all the future PGA Tour star Estes had to sustain him. The recently released book Links, Lore and Legen s: The Story of Texas Golf showcases for the first time the dreams of Texas’ golf champions and remarkable characters past and present.Using an informative and entertaining decade-by-decade chapter style the book covers more than a century of Texas golf for the earliest beginnings in the late 1890s to the current Lone Star champions of the 21st century.


Looking at golf’s ultimate honor, induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, you’ll see that’s exactly what Estes’ heroes past and present have achieved. Of the 104 people currently enshrined in the sport’s ultimate showcase, 20 have some direct connection to Texas either through birth, longtime residence or college, a total, which nearly doubles the next highest state represented.


For Texas in the 21st Century, golf dreams aren’t merely for the history books. They are alive and well and teeing up for millions in prize money every week on the PGA Tour in the form of Dallas’ Justin Leonard and Andrews native Chad Campbell.


What else to expect from a state, which produced the forerunner of the modern electric, cart and the sand wedge. A state that was the site of incorporation for the bylaws of the PGA Tour, the birth of the over-50 Champions Tour and the one-time headquarters for the ladies professional tour along with the home of its all-time most successful player, Kathy Whitworth and most colorful Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

There is a century-plus trail of Texas golf dreams fulfilled, shattered and yet to come with Lone Star golf glory still being built one dream at a time.


Published by Rowman & Littlefield ‘s Taylor Trade Press the book can by purchased for $24.95 at bookstores everywhere.

 

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