The Winning Shot. By Jerome D. Travers, Open Champion and Four Times Golf Champion of the United States, and Grantland Rice.
Garden City and New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1915. 8vo, 258pp. Original blue-green cloth, lettered in orange to top cover and backstrip, top cover decorated in orange and black with a golfer at the finish of his stroke; frontispiece from a painting illustrating the text, plus 8 illustrations. Slight bumping to top and bottom of backstrip, slight foxing to endpapers and title page. Very good. First edition of this illustrated account of the great golfer's early triumphs, celebrating his dramatic victory as an amateur in the 1915 U.S. Open. "From 1907 to 1915 Travers dominated golf. He won the United States Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912, and 1913, and was runner-up in 1914. His victory in 1913 set a record for that tournament that was not broken until Bobby Jones won it five times between 1924 and 1930... In 1915, as an amateur, Travers won the United States Open by defeating the country's best amateurs and professionals. In addition to being the second amateur ever to win this most prestigious golf tournament, he had the indisputable distinction of being the only scratch player listed by the United States Golf Association" (DAB). [It] was also one of the first books to which renowned sportswriter Grantland Rice contributed. (Bauman Rare Books note). Donovan & Murdoch 37130.D&J T14020.
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