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Celebrating the new Bobby Locke statue at Parkview Golf Club in Johannesburg. (Image by Kevin Wright)

Bobby Locke Statue Unveiled in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLF WRITER DAN RETIEF sent me word that in Johannesburg, South Africa, this month, the Parkview Golf Club unveiled a bronze statue of Bobby Locke as the first step of their centenary celebrations in 2016. It stands outside the clubhouse, overlooking the practice putting green. Dan wrote in South African Golf Digest that

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Legendary golf writer Bernard Darwin, right, holds the President's Putter in 1932; he'd won the event eight years before. HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

Golf’s Long and Rich Literary Tradition

By John Coyne METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, WE MIGHT SAY golf literature is like one of Bubba Watson’s famous drives: long and high and very deep. Great golf prose has been with us since the days when Mary, Queen of Scots, first played the game as a school girl in France. The earliest recorded golf prose was

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“Long Ago and Far Away” review in The Pelham Weekly

“Long Ago and Far Away” Travels Through Time in John Coyne’s Latest Novel By Alex Wolff Renowned Pelham author John Coyne’s latest novel “Long Ago and Far Away” draws on his life and experience to tell a tale of star crossed lovers, spanning several decades and traveling across four continents. Revolving around the tragic 1973 death of a young woman in

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Review of Long Ago And Far Away

Having just returned from east Africa myself I was drawn to this book’s setting in Ethiopia. I was particularly interested in the historical backdrop of the deterioration Haile Selassie’s rule and the impact on the people of Ethiopia as they were plunged deeper and deeper into poverty and political instability. The fact that John Coyne

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Jackie Schlenger Reviews Long Ago And Far Away

Coyne displays in his previous twenty plus books culminate in this novel in a very satisfying way. He very skillfully takes to the land of Ethiopia during the reign of Hale Selassie, just prior to the demise of the empire at the hands of Mengistu and the dergue. He reveals life from the viewpoint of

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Review of Long Ago And Far Away

Long Ago and Far Away by John Coyne, an ambitious novel spanning time and place, connects the disparate worlds of Parker Bishop, a former CIA agent who retreated to safety and anonymity as a proprietor of a second hand book store in Westchester County, New York — thus masking his undercover past with respectability that included

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Review of How to Write a Novel in 100 Days

How to Write a Novel in 100 Days With Tips About Agents, Editors, Publishers and Self-Publishing Reviewed by Robert E. Hamilton   If you refuse encouragement to “Write your story” as well as a 100-day useful schedule for doing exactly that, put this book aside. “The truth is,” Coyne writes on the first of the

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Coyne’s Take on Best-Selling Author James Patterson On “How To Write An Unputdownable Story”

You have heard of the writer James Patterson. You have, I’m guessing, read at least one of his books. He’s the most popular and prolific writer to come along in the last decade. An estimated one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States is his, dwarfing the sales of both Harry

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The Shot “Heard Around the World” Still Echoes at the Masters

The Shot “Heard Around the World” Still Echoes at the Masters Now that we are back at the Masters for 2014, it is time to remember the great players, great shots, and great Masters. This is the one tournament of the year that brings golf home to the masses.  And much of it is because of

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The Man Who Brought Golf to Chicago and America

In the closing ceremonies at the 2012 Ryder Club held at Medinah Country Club it seemed as if everyone in Chicago was thanked for staging, attending and promoting the sports event in Illinois. But, in my opinion, perhaps the most important person in Chicagoland golf wasn’t even mentioned at any of the ceremonies, though he

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