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Utah State Am E-Book Announcement
The second edition of the Utah State Amateur Championship, this time in electronic format, is now available free of charge to all members of the Utah Golf Association and the general public.
The book is available through iTunes and because of its electronic enhancements is designed for use only on iPads. The enhancements include audio and video features not available on other tablets.
The link for the download is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/history-utah-state-amateur/id893781995?ls=1&mt=11
(The download may take 15 minutes.)
The original book 100 Years of the Utah State Amateur was published in hardback format in 1998 to honor the 100th Utah State Amateur at Riverside Country Club. The tournament, which began in 1899, is the longest continuously held tournament in the world.
The eBook includes, for the first time, a rare short video of the golf swing of Utah’s first famous golfer, George Von Elm, the man who put Utah golf in the national limelight when he upset Bobby Jones in the 1926 U.S. Amateur Championship, which was then the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. The obscure video was discovered as part of the research process and this will be the first wide spread showing of the video. For golf aficionados this is a must see.
Von Elm, at the age of 15, remains the youngest player to ever win the Utah State Am. He won the title three times before turning his attention fully to the national scene.
The new book in electronic format includes the material from the original book and has brought the history of the event up-to-date and includes additional feature stories, video highlights, and updated and expanded information on the history of the tournament.
The book lists its choices for the Best Shots, the Best Matches, and the Biggest Upset Champions, in the history of the tournament and has other feature stories and tidbits of interest to Utah golfers.
It includes a record section and the individual match play records of all the key players in the history of the tournament.
Profiles of all the champions who won the event two times or more are narrated by well known Utah broadcasters Wesley Ruff, Jeff Waters, and Rod Zundel.
It includes articles and pictures of news clippings from Utah’s daily newspapers and videos from Utah’s television stations. Their work, and their daily and individualized coverage of the state am throughout the history of the tournament are the foundation of the ebook and it would not be possible without them. They are the keepers of our history. Hats off to them.
It includes an In the Day segment that highlights the history of state and national events of the various decades, including special videos of some of golf’s greatest events.
A companion website will enhance the book with a spreadsheet of the match play won-loss records of everyone who ever played a match in the Utah State Am.
The book is published by Wired Ballywho under the auspices of the Utah Golf Association and was made possible by the sponsorship of Siegfried and Jensen. It was edited by Joe Watts, a former Executive Director of the UGA with a big assist from Randy Dodson, publisher of Fairways Magazine and the key driver behind the publication of the original hardback book.
To download the ebook to an iPad go to the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/history-utah-state-amateur/id893781995?ls=1&mt=11