Sir Walter and Mr. Jones
This is impeccably researched book by Stephen Lowe tells the story of the great game's two most important golfers during "Golf's Golden Age". Covering the paths each took to greatness not only with a factual "timeline" but capturing the spirit of their climbs as well.
From page 110 "Both President Warren G. Harding and Vice President Calvin Coolidge were on hand at the presentation ceremony. President Harding was an enthusiastic golf fan, and Hagen later claimed to have been "many times a guest at the White House" during his administration. Dapper as usual, Harding wore a "light summer suit and broad-brimmed panama hat" for the occasion. Cameras flashed and the Marine Band blared, as Barnes modestly accepted the trophy from the President, who declared, "If I had my wish I would want a republic where everybody could play [golf.]" " If we only apply that poise and confidence [of Barnes] to other things in life," he continued, "we will achieve even more than we have."
Harding's statements brought an appropriately patriotic flavor to Barnes's triumph; the U.S. Open crown had been brought back home. On the ride to their hotel that evening, Hagen mentioned to Keeler that he thought Jones was close to winning a major event, and he further prophesied that it would be the U.S. Open, rather than the Amateur."
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