History Of Walton Heath G.C. Wins USGA Book Award
April 14, 2004
Far Hills, N.J. -- "Heather and Heaven," a centennial history of Walton Heath Golf Club in England, has been named the recipient of the 2003 United States Golf Association International Book Award.
The book was written by Phil Pilley, a former Fleet Street journalist and TV producer, who previously won the award in 1989 for "Golfing Art." Through numerous essays and sidebars, "Heather and Heaven" documents the club's colorful history, which is supplemented with photographs, engravings, cartoons, drawings and charts.
Presented by the USGA museum and archives, the International Book Award is the top literary prize awarded by the USGA. Established in 1987, the Award recognizes outstanding contributions to golf literature and attempts to broaden public interest in the sport.
The first 100 years of the club, from 1903-2003, also includes hosting the 1981 Ryder Cup Matches, numerous European Open Championships and many prestigious amateur events.
Among Walton Heath's men's captains was the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The membership boasts many familiar names from British government: David Lloyd George and Sir Winston Churchill, as well as familiar golf names such as James Braid, the club's first professional. Uniquely, in its first 100 years, Walton Heath has only had three professionals - Braid, Harry Busson and Ken Macpherson.
"We are delighted that Phil Piley has, for the second time, won the USGA's prestigious International Book Award," said Philip Truett, the club's archivist. "In recording the history of Walton Heath's first 100 years, we aimed to set a new standard for club histories. Phil has exceeded all expectations by creating a social history, as much as the story of a golf club. As a club, we are proud to be associated with the USGA's annual award."
"It is a handsome edition and a welcome addition to our library," said Jack Nicklaus, who wrote the book's foreword. "I am delighted to learn that it has received the recognition it deserves."
For more information on the USGA International Book Award or to make a submission for consideration in 2004, contact Doug Stark, USGA librarian at (908) 234-2300.