The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to amateur Francis Quiment, in the 1916 U. S. Open. Lowery is now a wealthily care dealer and offers a bet that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvey Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. George Coleman accepts the bet and Lowery challenges him to bring any two golfers of his choice to Cypress Point, at 10 a.m. the next morning. Coleman shows up with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game’s greatest living legends, with 14 major championships between them, to play what is known as the greatest private match ever played.
Why read “The Match?” Mark Frost is a great writer. His ability to weave the context and significance of the history into the story is exceptional. While the match is the stage for the story, the the history and people make this book a fun and compelling read. For those who dream of playing Cypress Point, it provides an incredible description of the iconic course.