The riveting tale of two proud Scotsmen who beat all comers to become the heroes of a golden age — the dawn of professional golf


It is hard to tell where the rough ends and the sand starts but this is Old Tom Morris (1821-1908) in all his glory c.1895. “I began to play golf in reality when I was about seven or eight years of age, and I continued to do so, at every available opportunity, until, in due time, I went to work at making clubs and balls”

Tommy’s honor : the story of old Tom Morris and young Tom Morris, golf’s founding father and son    New York : Gotham Books, c 2007 Kevin Cook Golf Scotland History 19th century Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-327). Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  

Bringing to life golf’s founding father and son, Tommy’s Honor is a stirring tribute to two legendary players and a vivid evocation of their colorful, rip-roaring times.

The Morrises were towering figures in their day. Old Tom, born in 1821,began life as a nobody— he was the son of a weaver and a maid. But he was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, the cradle of golf, and the game was in his blood. He became the Champion Golfer of Scotland, a national hero who won tournaments (and huge bets) while his young son looked on. As “Keeper of the Green” at the town’s ancient links, Tom deployed golf’s first lawnmower and banished sheep from the fairways.

Young and Old Tom Morris in a pairing that hasn’t been equaled since in golf.

Then Young Tommy’s career took off. Handsome Tommy Morris was a more daring player than his father. Soon he surpassed Old Tom and dominated the game. But just as he reached his peak — with spectators flocking to see him play — Tommy’s life took a tragic turn, leading to his death at the age of twenty-four. That shock is at the heart of Tommy’s Honor. It left Tom to pick up the pieces — to honor his son by keeping Tommy’s memory alive.

Tommy’s Honor is both fascinating history and a moving personal saga. Golfers will love it, but this book isn’t only for golfers. It’s for every son who has fought to escape a father’s shadow and for every father who had guided a son toward manhood, then found it hard to let him go.

Tom Morris, Jr. (20 April 1851 – 25 December 1875) Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose.

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