George Lyon’s path from a little town outside Ottawa, Ontario to the Final Match on September 24th 1904 at Glen Echo Golf Club outside St. Louis and the events that shaped this incredible athlete in between, make for an amazing story. Lyon, a 46 year old former army man and insurance salesman, had only put down his cricket bat to try golf a few years previous. Now he faced the world’s best – men half his age - for the ultimate prize in golf – the Gold Medal and a Championship Cup that would set the standard for trophies for years to come.
Cochrane takes the reader on Lyon’s journey from the first swing of a golf club, weaving in his harrowing life experiences and the lives of those, such as the great Walter Travis, who could challenge him for the Gold Medal. It is a story that touches on such varied events and influences as the trial of Oscar Wilde, the War of 1812, the Great Fire of Toronto, fatal duels and political power plays. It traces the sudden rise in popularity of golf in North America.
Before Tiger Woods, before Bubba Watson, before even Bobby Jones there was the Canadian George Lyon. This book ensures he will not be forgotten.
Golf played properly is a sport that is played with character - against oneself as much as any opponent. George Lyon had character.