Golf is a game that has gone statistics crazy. There is a stat for just about everything. In the past, I have tried to capture a bunch on my own and realized after a couple of years that the data I was collecting was helpful to a small degree. I have discussed stats in the past and have concluded that how close the ball is to the pin on approach shots is really the top stat. I have focused on greens in regulation (GIR), but I think it is time to expand that concept a bit in order to fully understand the most telling stat in golf.Continue reading
Golf is all about being able to play our game when the pressure is increases. During in a tournament, the ability to make your smooth stroke after watching your opponent make a great shot is a skill that is developed over years. However, the real skill for any golfer to build is the foundation of play that allows you to close the door on your opponents when needed.Continue reading
In baseball, hitting for the cycle is the accomplishment of one batter hitting a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. Collecting the hits in that order is known as a “natural cycle”. With the MLB playoffs underway, I started to wonder if there was a ‘Cycle’ in golf. I have decided there is and believe I have coined a new term that all golfers should adopt and use willingly!Continue reading
Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts written by Jeffery John Eyamie
- Canadiana Print: 20200278991
- Canadiana ebook: 20200279017
- ISBN: 9780888017130
- ISBN (EPUB): 9780888017147
- ISBN(Kindle): 9780888017154
- ISBN (PDF): 9780888017161
- Published Date: 2020
- Page: 260 pages
- Publisher: Turnstone Press
- Address: Artspace Building, 206-100 Arthur Street
- City: Winnipeg
- Province/Country: Manitoba, Canada
- Postal Code: R3B 1H3
- Email: email@example.com
- Contacts: www.TurnstonePress.com
One of the fun aspects of The Grateful Golfer is when I am asked to review new golf books. This is my third review and like each of the other books, it was not what I expected. This book is a journey of unexpected life challenges that offers many twists and turns. It is definitely not a “how to golf” book, but provides many parallels to the average Joe trying to navigate life with a multitude of nonstop stressors by using golf.
Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts tells the story of James Khoury’s, a salesman for Boreal Building Products, journey through the multitude of amazing golf courses he played throughout the years. His trip down memory lane was sparked when he found his treasure trove of golf memorabilia trashed beyond repair. I can relate to his despair, as many golfers probably can, if the same disaster happened to my prized golf trinkets. This part of the story is something I can definitely relate too.
So the journey begins; Khoury starts to recount the many golf courses he was fortunate to play because of the relationships forged through his job. He recounts how each course left a unique memory about his golfing experiences. Some of his rounds were more about the people he was partnered with, than actually playing golf; reading about each character was half the fun as I delved deeper into Still Me.
After 50 pages, something different started to happen in Khoury’s golf journey. Khoury started to recount the many challenges in his personal life and how it related to golf. It was if golf became a crutch that allowed Khoury to survive the drama in his life off the course. As we become introduced the various characters, it becomes obvious that there is more going in this book than just a trip down memory lane. The stakes to succeed on the golf course keep growing and growing.
Without giving away the ending, I can see how Khoury’s golf game became a reflection of his life. Success followed success and disaster followed disaster. I think many golfers would be able to relate to this type of dynamic as good golf relies on both physical and mental strengths of each player. If either is compromised so will our golf game. Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts definitely leads the reader through an emotional roller coaster that is easily transferred to everyday life.
Still Me is not a book I would normally pick off the shelf. This type of genre is not something I tend to gravitate towards. While reading this book, however, I found Jeffrey Eyamie’s writing style very enjoyable. I found the flow of the book easy to follow and provided plenty of intrigue to keep me interested. The mark of a good book, in my opinion, builds my interest as I devour the pages. Still Me was that type of book.
If you are looking for an interesting, non-traditional golf book, I recommend you read Still Me – A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts. It will capture your imagination about golf possibilities as James Khoury navigates the challenges in his life on and off the golf course.
I want to thank Melissa at Turnstone Press for reaching out to me and asking me to review Jeffery John Eyamie’s book. It was an enjoyable read!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
It amazes me the number of new golf things I encounter on a daily basis. Additionally, I am grateful to all my friends who graciously send me golf things for my entertainment. Two days ago a friend of mine, Colin, sent me a golf video that was actually a song. It was funny because it sums up many of our games. Take a listen.Continue reading