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hole at Merion in 1950, appropriately on the cover of the book. There’s also a rather remarkable photo in Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew (Gotham Books, 2010, $22.50) by Kris Tschetter with Steve Eubanks. Tschetter is an LPGA player who came to know Hogan long after his career was over but hers was just forming. She was attending Texas Christian University and as a talented amateur became a member at Hogan’s club, Shady Oaks in Fort Worth. One day she broke the club’s standing rule--don’t bother Mr. Hogan--and said hello as he walked by. He returned the greeting, moved on, but when he returned later and saw that Tschetter was still practicing said, “You’re still here? Keep working at it.” For a man who practiced more than anyone before or since (until V.J. Singh came along), Hogan had an eye for stick-to-itiveness, and he became a friend and mentor to Tschetter, who went on to a fine career (one win on the LPGA Tour, and 72nd place on the all-time money list). Her portrait is the anodyne to stories about the caustic Hogan, the Hogan with the basilisk stare, and the palpable if silent disapproval. Oh, she has some funny anecdotes about how Hogan could make anyone squirm--like pro Tom Byrum who was tardy to the range one day and had to undergo a placidly lethal interrogation from Hogan. But mainly this is a paean to a Hogan with a quick wit, a softy at heart, and a gentleman at all times. Set in his ways, perhaps, but ways that were far more benign than those usually consigned to the legendary Wee Ice Mon. The photo comes from a video Hogan allowed Tschetter to take of his swing in 1989, which she speculates is the last time it was so captured. The final frame of the sequence is of Hogan’s follow-through, and what’s remarkable is how similar it looks held next to the Peskin photo. Sure, he’s not as high on his right toe, he’s not as wiry as in 1950, there’s not quite the same arch in the back. But taken about 40 years apart, the two photographs are living testimony to the repeatable swing! Hogan made himself into a good putter, although that skill faded as his career went on. He often differentiated golf and putting as two different games, yet it needed to be practiced as well.

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Fine Wine, Good Cigars La Gloria Cubana Serie N Excellent construction with subtle sweet notes

The Serie N is the newest cigar from the minds of Yuri Guillen, Benji Menendez, Michael Giannini and Rick Rodriguez. Collectively they are known as Team La Gloria Cubana. The Serie N made its debut in 2010 as part of a complete new line of cigars from La Gloria.  The Serie N has an excellent construction that can be seen upon holding this cigar. The Ecuadorian Oscuro wrapper has an extremely dark, almost black, color and is very oily. The binder and filler of this cigar are made up of tobaccos from Nicaragua. It comes in four standard sizes and a special release toro size.  The Serie N line boasts a medium body with medium strength. The flavors include a very nice pleasant leathery note, with some subtle sweet notes and hints of spice that seem to come and go with each puff. The burn is very straight with a perfect draw.  

Ernie Els Wines

A steak on the barbie and red wine Ernie Els had won two of his three major championships when he decided to pursue his passion for wine. In 1999, the South African golfer founded Ernie Els Wines in his home country’s Stellenbosch wine region. Els, who came to wine later in life (his father was a teetotaler), turned to his family friend Jean Engelbrecht to help found the winery. Engelbrecht was already a well-respected vintner in South Africa; he was also the man who introduced Els to fine wine. The maiden vintage for Els wines was 2000. Because of Els’ love for Bordeauxstyle blends, the winery has produced blends featuring Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot since the maiden vintage. The portfolio now stands at 14 wines. Corey Bauer, a fine-wine representative for Republic National Distributing, said Els has been putting out “beautiful bottles from Stellenbosch for some time now. Bauer said South Africa’s wine industry tried to capitalize on Australia’s meteoric success

with Shiraz, a success that has famously flamed out, by following the same business model. “South Africa has more than 300 years of experience growing and producing worldclass Bordeaux-style wines,” Bauer said, “but they chose the wrong wine to market.” In addition to Els Signature Blend, South African wineries Glen Carlou and Rust en Vrede also have wines available in Oklahoma. The Glen Carlou is a classic blend, and the Rust en Vrede is Merlot. Both are excellent introductions to South African Bordeaux. Bauer compared the Cabernets from the region to Washington State reds: brooding black fruit up front, and mouthwatering red fruit on the finish. They are ideal for wine palates in steak country. In fact, Els, sounding very much like an Oklahoma golfer, told South African wine blog “Got Tannins?”, “I think it’s hard to beat sitting down with a few friends after a game of golf and sharing a nice bottle of wine. You know, it makes you feel good about life. And being a South African, for me a good steak on the braai (grill) with a nice red wine is a great combination; that’s probably my favorite meal.” •••••• 23

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