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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

"Why You've Never Heard Of Canada's Greatest Golfer”

Robert Thompson leads off with his article about Lorne Rubenstein’s forthcoming book, Moe and Me.

Robert writes, "It is a book I've wanted to do for a long time," says Rubenstein. "It was always a question of putting things in order to be able to do it and to figure out in my mind what exactly I wanted to say and that wasn't always easy. I had so much material that it took time to go through it. I wanted to write a book that would engage me and force me to think about why I was so interested in this guy from the time I was a kid."

Several years ago an acquaintance who knew of my passion for golf asked me if I’d ever heard of Moe Norman and he referred me to an on-line article headed, “Moe Norman – The greatest golfer the world has never known”

In all my years of playing and reading about golf I’d never heard of Moe. But ever since becoming aware of Moe, I like Lorne, have asked myself, “Why am I so interested in this guy.” Especially since there’s no way I’d ever spend time trying his method.

Nevertheless anyone who is acknowledged as being up there with Ben Hogan and Lee Trevino in ball-striking ability is worth investigating. Then there is the abundance of fascinating stories about his eccentricities and golf skills. Like this from moenorman.org. “During tournaments, Moe would hit drivers off of 6” tees, soda bottles, and play par 4 holes ‘backward’, hitting a wedge off the tee and a driver onto the green and still make par or better.”

Reading about Moe does whet the appetite for more and now thanks to watching his swing in video clips on You Tube and other sites it adds another dimension to the fascinating story of Moe Norman.

Moe and Me is due out in April 2012.

Here’s the link to Robert Thompson’s article. The article “Moe Norman – The greatest golfer the world has never known.” and moenorman.org  

Quote of the Day

“One day in the 1950s, Moe and Ben Hogan were on the practice tee together at a pro tournament when a spectator asked Hogan to take a look at Moe.  Hogan believed any ball hit dead straight was an accident.  After each of the first six balls he watched Moe hit Hogan said, "Accident."  After watching Moe hit several more Hogan said, "Just keep hitting those accidents, kid." – From moenorman.org

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