Drive for Show, Putt for Dough by Leon Crump
Memoirs of a Golf Hustler

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In 1958, Leon Crump took a week off from his job to play golf, fell in with a group of gamblers and won $1,300. He hasn't gone back to work since. For almost 40 years now, he's been golfing his way around the South in a renegade career filled with rollercoaster highs and lows. On his best day, he's won a years salary; his worst set him back almost that much.

Filled with high drama and deadpan humor, this compulsively readable book tells how Crump became America's preeminent golf hustler. Along the way, it also reveals some hard-earned truths to help readers battle their way through their own weekend wars. There are hints on how to psyche yourself up and "read" opponents; advice on when and how to bet; and ingenious tricks such as "doctoring" clubs or driving balls out of Dixie cups. Offering a fresh, offbeat approach to golf, Drive For Show, Putt for Dough is sure to be a hit with today's crop of take-no-prisoners players.


About Leon Crump

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John Stravinsky is the author of five books and has written on sports for a number of publications, including "The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Billiards Digest, "and "Men's Journal." He lives in Long Island, New York.
Published April 3, 1997 by William Morrow. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Crump says he loves golf, but what he loves even more is making money on the course. His priorities are easily explained: after a youth spent as a caddy in his hometown in North Carolina and working a

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He maintains that ""a true golf hustler is a good player who can elevate his game against another good player when the money's up."" Writing with Stravinsky (The Complete Golfer's Catalogue) he presents a breezy and informative autobiography that anyone with even a trace of larceny will enjoy.

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