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Monarch of the Green

Biography, New Releases, Sport
Arena Sport
Publication Date
11 April 2019
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
16pp b/w plates

Monarch of the Green

Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf
by Stephen Proctor - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'To write about Tommy Morris is a very brave thing to do. [Proctor] has been successful in brining something new to the table. … An informative, charming book' – Through the Green

‘A splendid new biography. How good was young Tom Morris? Stephen Proctor makes his case cogently. Young Tom Morris was one of the greatest of them all' – Allan Massie

'Tells of the short but significant life of golfing legend young Tom Morris. Proctor sets his achievements within the context of the time. A useful book to newcomers to the game of golf, who want to understand its history and traditions' – Scots Magazine, Book of the Month

Young Tom Morris, the son of the legendary pioneer of golf, Tom Morris, was golf’s first superstar.

Born at a pivotal moment in history, just as the new and inexpensive ‘gutty’ ball was making golf affordable and drawing thousands of new players to the game, his genius and his swashbuckling personality would set a game that had been frozen in amber for four centuries on the pathway to becoming worldwide spectator sport we know today.

Exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated, Monarch of the Green is a stirring and evocative history of Tommy’s life (which also includes, for the first time, a compilation of his competitive record in stroke-play tournaments, singles matches, and foursomes) and demonstrates how, in one dazzling decade, this young superstar dominated the sport like few others have ever done.

Stephen Proctor has served as a senior editor at The Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Houston Chronicle. A native of Maryland, he graduated from The American University in Washington and was later awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship in journalism at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He is an avid golfer and has spent the past decade studying the history of the royal and ancient game. Monarch of the Green is his first book. He lives in Malabar, Florida.