Check out this great book about golf and life lessons from Marion Cotton’s son Tripp Bowden. Tripp is frequently on the island, and copies of his book are for sale in the Huyler House Dewees from Within Art Show, going on now. It makes a great host/hostess gift, if you are traveling this summer or fall. Visit Trip’s website to order an autographed copy. Click More for reviews and excerpts:
What the reviewers say:
“A lot of books have been written about the Masters and the Augusta National Golf Club, but few if any have the authentic dialect of Freddie and Me. Missing the Masters already? Freddie and Me will fix that.” The New York Times
“Freddie and Me: Freddie is Bennett (not Couples) the long time Augusta National caddy master. He befriended Bowden, white son of a local doctor, and taught him plenty about the club, the Masters, golf and life.” Golf Digest Book Review, 6 Notables
“In Freddie and Me, Tripp Bowden chronicles their 30-year friendship, weaving an insightful story of how Bennett helped mold him into the man he is today. Bowden offers several little known tidbits about the club, providing a glimpse at Augusta National as you’ve never seen it.” Golf World
“Tripp Bowden tugs at the curtain of golf’s Oz to give us a unique glimpse of Augusta National, but more stirring is the account of his relationship with a one-of-a-kind mentor.” The San Diego Union Tribune
“Wonder what the odds are that on the cover of the book, which was released eight days before the tournament started, would depict not only the eventual 2009 Masters champion, but show him playing the hole he would win the tournament on in sudden death?” The Augusta Chronicle
“Freddie and Me is a unique and entertaining look at Augusta National through the eyes of the club’s first full time white caddy, and nearly as good as the back nine on Masters Sunday!” Rick Arnett, host of The Teebox Golf Show, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, and columnist for myavidgolfer.com.
“You don’t have to like golf, understand golf or play golf to enjoy this book. All you need is a brain and a heart and the memory of being young and unfocused, then finally achieving the sudden and defining clarity that comes at the end of the blurry years. Reading this book is like putting on a good pair of glasses.” The Calhoun Times
From the cover: Though he was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, home of fabled Augusta National and The Masters, as a child Tripp Bowden was too young and too removed from the game of golf to realize what Augusta National really was; what it meant to his town and the world and the sport; its history, nostalgia, prestige, and secrecy. All the ten-year-old Bowden knew about golf was that it was a stupid game that took up too much of his father’s time, and that he’d much rather kick around a soccer ball or stay inside and read a book.
But all that changed once Bowden’s father, a renowned local doctor, introduced him to one of his patients, Freddie Bennett, the legendary Augusta National caddie master. Though Bowden was a white child of privilege and Bennett was an older black gentleman of more modest means, the two formed an unusual bond. It was Bennett who introduced Bowden to the game of golf, a sport that would one day earn him a Division 1 golf scholarship and lead him to the final stage of a British Open qualifier. But it was the lessons Bennett taught the young Bowden off the course that had the profoundest impact on his life. Through Freddie and his particular brand of homespun wisdom, Bowden learned invaluable lessons about personal responsibility, hard work, and respect for others regardless of age, race, or religion. He also learned that there’s much more to life than just playing golf.
Like the bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and Seasons of Life before it, Freddie and Me is a heartwarming tale of two unlikely friends and their uncommon bond forged through sport.