Night Golf

by William Miller and Cedric Lucas

An author’s note indicates that “not long ago, professional golf could... read more

An author’s note indicates that “not long ago, professional golf could only be played by white golfers” and that in most parts of the U.S., African Americans were denied the right to play even at public golf courses even though some became caddies. In some places, African American golfers perfected their stokes by practicing on the greens in the moonlight. The story involves young James who finds a golf bag in the trash. Although he’s not allowed to be a play or work as a caddy at the town’s golf course, he’s befriended by a brown-skinned caddy there who recalls his own personal history with golf. The two meet at night so that James can begin learning the game. James stuns some inept white golfers with his skill. As coincidental and unlikely as the story seems to be, an important aspect of African American sports history is spotlighted and Tiger Woods’ current achievements move into a new perspective. Lucas’s pastel and colored pencil artwork do what it takes to illustrate moonlit scenes. A chronology of African Americans in Golf dated from 1899 to 1997 appears on the final page. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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