Shooting for Tiger

Shooting for Tiger : How Golf's Obsessed New Generation is Transforming a Country Club Sport

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This book tells how golf's obsessed new generation is transforming a country-club sport. What the Super Bowl is to professional football and Wimbledon to tennis, the culminating event of the American Junior Golf Association tour, the Polo championship is to youth golf - an opportunity to cinch the world's junior golf championship. (Unsurprisingly, Tiger Woods is a former winner). In "Shooting for Tiger", Echikson follows the season from June 2007 to December 2008 to watch the highly competitive tournament of 120 of the world's best young golfers as they tee off against one another. The final tournament is watched closely by college coaches and professional agents keeping their eyes out for the next big thing. The winner will be awarded a college scholarship and have a good chance of joining the pro-golf tour.Aside from the very real tensions between these young, highly competitive golfers, Echikson will sketch the strange sub-culture of aggressively competitive parents who ferry their children from championship to championship. In this respect, "Shooting for Tiger" offers a fascinating portrait of obsession from the points of view of hopeful parents and driven children. Their goals might be the same, but their understanding of how best to get there, as Echikson demonstrates, often diverge.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • B/W photos throughout on text
  • 1586485784
  • 9781586485788

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Don Van Natta, Author of First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush "With hustle and style, William Echikson yanks back the curtain on the fascinating, stardom-obsessed world of American junior golf. Far from the spotlight -- and yet forever in pursuit of it -- these gifted young golfers, urged on by their parents, dedicate their childhoods chasing the seemingly impossible dream of becoming the next Tiger Woods. A landmark contribution to the game's literature, SHOOTING FOR TIGER reveals the dramatic impact these athletes have made on the game they love."Bloomberg "For years we have read about hockey parents and tennis parents. In Shooting for Tiger, we're introduced to golf parents."show more

About William Echikson

William Echikson is an author and journalist. He has worked as a staff correspondent for a series of US publications: Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. His second book dissected the world of French haute cuisine. Burgundy Stars. His last book, Noble Rot took him to Bordeaux for eight months to discover the world of elite winemaking. For the past five and a half years, Echikson ran the Dow Jones office in Brussels. His articles appear regularly in the Journal, and he has contributed several articles to The New Yorker.show more

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