Tripp Bowden's "Freddie & Me" book offers a look behind the scenes at Augusta National
We’d all like to get behind the gates of Augusta National Golf Club. Instead, we have to settle for the images and stories CBS shares during its coverage of The Masters.
Another intimate way to steal a glimpse down Magnolia Lane would be to read the book, “Freddie and Me,” a loveable look at the relationship of Tripp Bowden, the first white caddie at Augusta National, and his mentor, legendary African-American Caddie Master Freddie Bennett.
Bowden, the son of a local doctor, grew up around Augusta, learning the game from Bennett. The book’s charms come from Bennett’s quirky wit and unique philosophies on golf, life and the secrets to success on and off the course. Bowden eventually went on to play Division I golf, but returned to Augusta, where he lives today. His storytelling provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the world’s most famous private club.
In the book, golf proves that it can overcome age, race and class to be a powerful connection between two unlikely friends. The book, published by Skyhorse Publishing Inc., was released on April 1. The paperback retails for $14.95.
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