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Frank (Sandy) Tatum and PGA/Harding 2020

Posted by Pat Sullivan

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:40 PM

On a Friday morning 17 years ago this past August, a distinguished-looking, silver-haired man -- well-known as an erudite elocutionist – had to search for just the right word for what he wanted to say to a gathering of golfers and San Francisco officials.  He absolutely was elated to be witnessing the grand re-opening of Harding Park after its refurbishing, a project some had said couldn't be done in politically contentious San Francisco.

             “When  I look for one word that best sums up my feelings,'' Frank (Sandy) Tatum said, “Hallelujah!''

            This is the story of how Tatum, then in his mid-70s,  led a six-year effort to save Harding from an ignominious future as “Hardpan Park” – sprouting fields of weeds and daisies – perhaps never again to host top-tier golf as it had in the 1960s.

            Why save Harding, which reached its nadir when used as a parking lot for the 1998 U.S Open Championship at nearby Olympic Club? That was an easy one for Tatum, who knew a good golf course when he saw one He grew up on well-tended fairways and greens in Los Angeles, son of a 4-handicapper at Bel-Air Country Club...

Book Review, "Stick a Fork in me" Dan Jenkins

Posted by Pat Sullivan

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:14 AM

For: HookedOnGolf.com

            May 2017




            Book review:


            Stick A Fork In Me

            By Dan Jenkins

            Tyrus Books

            Blue Ash, OH, 2017





                                                            By Pat Sullivan



                        Last month Dan Jenkins, the esteemed sportswriter known for among other things his magazine work at Sports Illustrated and his best-selling golf books led by “The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate,'' covered his 67th Masters Tournament The dean of Augusta golf writers in the past few years has come to be called the Ancient Twitterer, for his incisive running comments during majors weeks He has 56,200 followers.


                        Three months ago Jenkins published his 12th novel, adding to a body of work that includes “Dead Solid Perfect'' and “Semi-Tough.” Like the latter “Stick A Fork In Me'' has a football theme, but fear not, readers, there is plenty of golf in this quick-read book's 223 pages.


                         The cleverly designed, black-and-white dust jacket is a tipoff – Xs and Os on a coach's chalkboard frame a golf ball and two clubs...

Book Review, Nathaniel Crosby and John Strege "18 Holes With Bing-Golf, Life, and Lessons From Dad."

Posted by Pat Sullivan

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Crosby book review


            18 Holes with Bing – Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad


            By Nathaniel Crosby and John Strege (Dey St./HarperCollins, New York, 2016)


                                                            By Pat Sullivan


            When Nathaniel Crosby won the U.S Amateur Championship at age 19 in September 1981, much was made of the fact that he had worn a family heirloom around his neck for good luck – Bing Crosby's own contestant's medal from the 1940 U.S Amateur.


            However, Nathaniel reveals in his newly published father-son memoir, that wasn't all he had going for him that week in the fog and wind off Skyline Boulevard...

Book review: 'His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir', by Dan Jenkins

Posted by Pat Sullivan

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Here's the good news: "His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir" by sportswriter and novelist Dan Jenkins isn't all about golf And here's good news 2.0: there is no bad  news in this autobiography It's as word perfect as it gets, and I don't mean spell check.

Some of the details are astounding, starting with Chapter 1, which is about the "fine art" of hanging out in "convivial'' bars, including Club XIX at the Pebble Beach Lodge...

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