Merion: The Championship Story

Merion: The Championship Story

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Written by Jeff Silverman, book is in new condition as is the dust jacket. Published by ARNO Communications, West Chester, PA (2013)

502 pages, large size.  A very impressive volume. Prior histories about Merion were club histories. As odd it is seems, there was never before a book dedicated to championships held at Merion, until this volume. Merion has held more U.S.G.A. championships than any other course. It was the site of Bobby Jones final victory in his 1930 Grand Slam year. The course has also hosted U.S. Opens, a Walker Cup and multiple Amateur titles as well as Curtis Cup and multiple Women's Amateurs.

Merion was the site of Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron finishing shot to the eighteenth green. Silverman is a professor at nearby Villanova and did has research including having extensive access to the club's archives. The tome does justice to Merion's place in history.

As Pete Dye has said about the storied Philadelphia course, "Merion is not great because history was made here. History was made here because Merion is great."