Friday, June 7

USGA Releases 'Great Moments of the U.S. Open'

THE USGA HAS PUBLISHED A NEW BOOK, Great Moments of the U.S. Open, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of amateur Francis Ouimet's stunning victory over top British professionals at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and the return of the U.S. Open in June to Merion Golf Club, site of Ben Hogan's 1950 comeback from a near-fatal car accident.

Great Moments of the U.S. Open features 27 stories that provide readers a unique and authoritative view on America's national golf championship. From Horace Rawlins' improbable victory in the inaugural U.S. Open in 1895, to Jack Nicklaus' narrow defeat of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first professional win, to Tiger Woods' triumph on a broken leg to capture the 2008 U.S. Open, Great Moments of the U.S. Open uses the USGA Museum's extensive collection of archival images and artifacts to bring to life some of the most memorable U.S. Open victories.

The co-authors are Robert Williams, director of the USGA Museum, and Michael Trostel, the Museum's senior curator and historian. Rand Jerris, senior managing director of public services for the USGA, served as supervising editor. Among the contributors are Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, and John Mummert, manager of creative services and senior staff photographer for the USGA.

The book also includes a foreword by four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus.

"The U.S. Open helped to solidify golf's standing in America and has expanded the game's reach around the globe," said Trostel.

"This book celebrates some of the defining moments and iconic champions in the U.S. Open's rich history. While the championship has evolved dramatically since its origin in 1895, the critical ingredients remain the same. It is golf's most complete test, played on the country's greatest courses and is open to all who have the skill, passion and determination to compete."

Published by Firefly Books, Great Moments of the U.S. Open is available at www.usga.org/publicationsstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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