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An evening with golf storyteller and historian: James Dodson

Mon Oct 7 2013

September 24, 2013

(Monday, Oct. 14, 7:00pm, Green Room Community Theatre in Newton)

Fans of golf legends Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer will be interested to know that the author who collaborated with both men on their autobiographies is coming to town and he will be speaking in Newton at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 as part of the LRU Visiting Writers Series.  This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

James Dodson has been writing about the game of golf and the men who excel at it for the past two decades. His latest book, “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf” was published in February of this year.

For two decades he was a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Golf Magazine, and Golf and Travel Correspondent for American Express’ magazine Departures. Dodson’s work has appeared in over 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. His writing has won more than a dozen awards from the Golf Writers of America and other industry organizations. He recently served as Distinguished Charles Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in Virginia.

And he’s a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.

His best known books include “A Golfers Life” (with Arnold Palmer), and “Ben Hogan:  An American Life,” which won the USGA International Book Award in 2005.  “A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons” was named Top Golf Book of the Year in 2009 by the International Network of Golf. In 2008, he was a featured commentator in the HBO documentary “Back Nine at Cherry Hills.”

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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