About Me

Lyle Slovick is a historian and golf enthusiast, having played and studied the game for over 40 years. Born in Portland, Oregon, January 10, 1960, he became enamored with both sports and history at an early age, and was introduced to golf at age 13. In junior high school he saw a photo of Old Tom Morris from the 1890s in a book one day. That moment gave him pause to consider the game’s rich past, and thus began his interest in collecting books that chronicle the fascinating stories of this 500-year old game. Since the age of 15 he has added over 170 books to his personal collection.

After earning a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, Lyle worked various jobs before returning to graduate school to pursue his love of history. While working on a Master’s Degree in American History at George Washington University in Washington, DC, he gained new insights into the political and social history of this county during internships at the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Senate.

After earning his M.A. degree in 1993, Lyle spent 13 years working at George Washington University amongst the rare books and manuscripts in the Special Collections Department of the Gelman Library. The last eight of those years he served as Assistant University Archivist, where he oversaw more than 1,000 collections documenting the administrative and social history of GWU. He assisted an eclectic mix of researchers from around the world, including entities such as the BBC, History Channel, NPR Radio, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and ABC News Nightline.

Among the many collections he processed and organized were the papers of Dr. Janet G. Travell, personal physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; and the papers of Drs. Walter Freeman and James Watts, pioneers in the surgical procedure known as lobotomy (featured in a 2008 documentary for PBS’s American Experience series).

Lyle served as co-editor of the “GW Historical Encyclopedia,” an on-line publication, contributing over 330 articles to the database. Lyle enjoys telling stories that shed new light and offer new perspective on often well-trod subjects – what he describes as “augmented interpretation.” His published articles include: “George Y. Coffin: A Schoolboy’s Life in 19th Century Washington,” Washington History magazine (Fall/Winter 2006-07); “The St. Andrews Rabbit Wars of 1801-1821,” Through the Green (journal of the British Golf Collectors Society, September 2012); “In Memory of Francis Ouimet’s ‘Shots Heard Round the World,’” Through the Green (June 2013), and “Trials and Triumphs of Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones,” Through the Green (September 2015).

This book is an expression of Lyle’s passion for the game of golf, which has taken him to various major championships over the years (including four British Opens, one U.S. Open, two Senior U.S. Opens, as well as numerous PGA and LPGA tournaments). His research interests have taken him to the British Golf Museum in St Andrews, Scotland (as well as the University of St Andrews), the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida and the USGA Museum and Library in Far Hills, New Jersey.

Lyle enjoys travelling, reading (especially biographies), and shares his particular impressions of the game on this blog, “From Featheries to ProV1s,” and his website found at: http://lyleslovick.wix.com/lyleslovick.  He resides in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he currently works as a consultant for the United States Golf Association.


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