James Dodson: American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
02/27/2013, 07:00 pm
Chapel Hill, NC
James Dodson: American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf Start: 7:00 pm Wed 2/27 7pm-8pm James Dodson: American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today. During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan -two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia, who had dedicated themselves to the sport. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it. Paving the way for the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages. James Dodson is the editor of "O. Henry "and "PineStraw" magazines and an award-winning writer-in-residence at "The Pilot" newspaper.""He is the author of Ben Hogan's authorized biography and worked with Arnold Palmer on his, and his other best-selling books include "Final Rounds," "The Dewsweepers, "and "A Son of the Game." He wrote a column for "Golf Magazine" for nearly twenty years, and in 2011 he received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for his contribution to golf literature. In observance of the 100th anniversary of the births of Hogan, Snead and Nelson, "American Triumvirate" was adapted into a tribute documentary that aired on Golf Channel in September 2012, with a script by the author.