Bill Williams examines the life and times as well as the great contribution of the legend Harry Vardon in the modern game of golf through the following books:
Harry Vardon has been often said as a Napoleon of the game. In 1897 he won tournaments at Wallasey and Southport, but was only sixth in the Championship, but the year following, 1898, was for him a veritable annus mirabilis, in which he reached a high water mark of success absolutely unprecedented in the annals of the game.
Henry William “Harry” Vardon (9 May 1870 – 20 March 1937) was a professional golfer from the Bailiwick of Jersey. He was a member of the fabled Great Triumvirate of the sport in his day, along with John Henry Taylor and James Braid. Vardon won The Open Championship a record six times and also won the 1900 U.S. Open.
In this tribute to a golf great and all the other foundations of the sport, author Bill Williams writes to illustrate how golf became such a popular pastime through the efforts of long forgotten men. Vardon in America lists and lauds the people who were instrumental in growing the game.
Many golf enthusiasts would know of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon, at least heard the names. Th ose that take an even greater interest in the game will even know about their achievements and what they mean to golf. However, like many of his peers, Ted Ray is one of the forgotten men of the game.
Ted Ray: The Forgotten Man of Golf attempts to highlight a record of a golfer that has been lost over time.