For the first time since it was established in 1987, two winners have been selected for the 2016 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. The award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature while attempting to broaden public interest in, and knowledge of, the game of golf.
Kevin Robbins, author of Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, and Peter Lewis, author of Why Are There Eighteen Holes?: St. Andrews and the Evolution of Golf Courses, 1764-1890, will both receive the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 4.
In Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, Robbins tells the story of Penick, the late golf coach, competitor and instructor who in 1992 with Bud Shrake penned the Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime, considered by many the quintessential golf advice and instruction book.
Robbins provides the first biography of the iconic and revered Texan who caddied for Francis Ouimet, served as the longtime head golf professional at Austin Country Club, played with Ben Hogan and Bob Jones, shaped Ben Crenshaw, and distilled his golf wisdom into The Little Red Book, bringing simplicity to a complex yet beloved game.
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