Book 'Golf - A Good Walk & Then Some' by John Jenchura a stroll through the game's history
How can a 448-page book cover the history of golf dating back to 300 AD?
Quite well, actually.
The book, “Golf - A Good Walk & Then Some” by John Jenchura, does a nice job of hitting the highlights without being bogged down by all the little details. And it’s clear the Pennsylvania resident did his due diligence, making trips to the United States Golf Association archives and the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida and reviewing dozens of important texts (just check out his bibliography at the back of the book).
The book is said to be the first complete history of golf published since 1975. I beg to differ because the Sports Illustrated’s The Golf Book (see review here) was quite detailed, but there’s no reason to argue over such a small issue. Jenchura’s hard-cover book stands on its own merits as a solid addition to any golf library. It features a good mix of golf facts, like the lists at the end of the book, and storytelling, especially the decade-by-decade look at the majors.
Chapters detail the evolution of the ball and new equipment, the founding of the USGA, and top men and women players dating from the late 1800s on. The appendix lists individual major championships and team competitions beginning with the Open Championship in 1860 along with year-to-year information on winners, scores, and venues. It’s clear Jenchura has a soft spot for Bobby Jones, who is celebrated perhaps more than another golfer in the book.
The book, released by Cardinal Publisher’s Group in 2010, continues to be on bookstore shelves.
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