Description: “The Longest Shot” is the inspirational story of the unknown golfer, Jack Fleck, from Iowa who beat his idol, Ben Hogan, in the 1955 US Open. With the overlooked Jack Fleck still playing the course, NBC-TV proclaimed the legendary Ben Hogan had won his record 5th US Open title and signed off from San Francisco. Undaunted, the forgotten Iowan rallied to overcome a 9 shot deficit over the last 3 rounds – still a US Open record – and made a pressure-packed putt to tie Hogan on the final hole of regulation play. The two men then squared off in a tense, 18 hole playoff from which Fleck emerged victorious in one of the most startling upsets in sports history. On par with the classic golf narratives of Mark Frost and John Feinstein, “The Longest Shot”, will surprise and delight fans as they trace the improbable journey of an unheralded former caddie who played his way into the record books by out-dueling the sport’s greatest champion of his time. Neil Sagebiel is the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, one of the top golf blogs online. He is a former copywriter for a Seattle advertising agency and a major newspaper and is a freelance writer in Floyd, Virginia.
When: Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: Christiansburg Barnes & Noble, 110 Conston Ave, Christiansburg, 540-381-4923
When: Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Valley View Barnes & Noble, 4802 Valley View Blvd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012, 540-563-5683