Want to win the USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Book Award given to outstanding works of golf literature that broaden interest and knowlege of the game? You might try writing a book about Old Tom Morris.
Roger McStravick is the latest author to win the prestigious prize for a book about the bearded icon of golf. McStravick spent three years reasearching and writing St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, which examines Morris’s role in turning the town into the “home of golf.” He even created a Kickstarter campaign to collect early orders that raised about $6,500 to help complete the project.
“The level of research undertaken to breathe new life into this subject is extraordinary,” said Michael Trostel, director of the USGA Museum. “McStravick’s writing, along with the previously unseen photos of St. Andrews, Old Tom and others from that era, make this a magnificent, one-of-a-kind book.”
Or three-of-a-kind: Tommy’s Honor, by Kevin Cook, was recognized in 2007, and Tom Morris of St. Andrews: The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908, by David Malcolm and Peter Crabtree, was honored in 2008.