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2 | Golf came to Iowa in the late 1800s, planting the seeds for a rich har- vest of golf history. Much of that history, long forgotten, comes to life in “Golden Harvest. Iowa’s Rich Golf History.” Written by 11-time Iowa Sportswriter of the Year Rick Brown and com- missioned by the Iowa Golf Association, this book is a must-read for those who love the game. Iowa is the home to major champions Jack Fleck, Judy Kimball and Zach Johnson. It’s also the home to 254 nine-hole golf courses, the most of any state in the nation. It has produced many champions who had success in and out of Iowa, like Jack Rule, Steve Spray, Barb Thomas Whitehead, Ann Casey Johnstone, Lucile Robinson, Art Bartlett, John Jacobs, Mike McCoy, Gene Elliott, Sean McCarty, Ken Schall, Joe Brown, Edith Estabrooks, Rudy Knepper and so many more. Their stories are chronicled in these pages. There’s the story of Sam Snead, who came to Round Grove Golf and Coun- try Club in August of 1959, shot 62 and then was on an airplane that tried to take off on a 1,500-foot-long grass runway and ran through a fence instead. It was a story that Snead embellished over the years. This book tells the remarkable tale of the four generations of Smiths who have made golf their livelihood, and visits the rich tradition of the sport in the state’s unofficial golf capital, Waterloo. Iowa has long had a reputation for a strong summer golf schedule, helping create and crowning many champions you’ll read about in these 496 pages. Visit iowagolf.org to order your copy today! MAKES A GREAT GIFT BOOK ON IOWA GOLF H I STORY GOLDEN HARVEST READ MORE about this project in the IGA Foundation Report contained in this yearbook. $30 p l us sh i pp i ng