For those who wish to prolong the pleasure of the recent Masters, here’s a book for you. (If I can suggest my own novel, The Caddie Who Won the Masters, published on April 7, 2011, the opening day of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course.)
Briefly, here’s what the book is all about, as described by a ”golf blogger” on her site today:
“After watching the dramatic finish of The Masters, I couldn’t help but feel a longing for more visions of Augusta National Golf Course. The azaleas in bloom, the walk through Amen Corner, the history that surrounds this golf mecca has me wishing the first major of the season was just beginning and not at an end.
“For book lovers who also wish to prolong the magic of The Masters golf tournament, John Coyne has written The Caddie Who Won The Masters a suspenseful novel about a middle-aged amateur’s seemingly impossible quest to win the prestigious Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
”The plot goes like this: A college English professor from Southern Illinois reawakens a dormant golf game that had earned him a scholarship to Wake Forest University and, more recently, a ticket to Augusta, Georgia. With suitcase in hand and golf clubs on his shoulder, the aging muni-course player finds himself walking down famed Magnolia Lane toward every accomplished golfer’s dream-a coveted spot alongside the world’s best players in the Masters field.
“John Derr, award-winning golf journalist and CBS-TV announcer who covered 62 Masters Tournaments, said about John Coyne, ‘I am impressed with Coyne’s ability to so clearly depict the nuances that make Augusta National such a different shrine. His description of situations-the unique, the weird and the nearly unbelievable-mirrors many I have seen over the years. Some rarely seen.’
“Roland Merullo, Author of Golfing with God stated, ‘John Coyne knows golf and golf history, and he understands the intricate workings of the human heart. Anyone who loves golf - and many readers who don’t know a five-iron from a free-throw - will appreciate his skill and be happily drawn into this fine story.’
“The Caddie Who Won the Masters is available at Amazon.com and downloadable on your Kindle.”
Well, I couldn’t have said it better.