the last two years of his life. “It’s never been about money; it’s about giving back to the game we love. “Now, the way I see it, if

the books sells, then other things will fall into place.” It will sell for two reasons: It’s

well done, and Evenson’s persistent personality. Remember, this is a guy who made a huge leap of faith when he enrolled at St. Andrews. “It’s taken awhile to get there,

but we’re there,” said Evenson of the long and winding road that besides the St. Andrews experience included internships with both the USGA and R&A, where he pursued even more golf history. “I mean, most of the books you read about St. Andrews focus on the professionals who have played there as well as the history of the Old Course and Open Championship. “We needed a novel approach in

order for this book to be fresh and fun.” Links to St. Andrews is all of that and more, with an impressive list of co-authors that starts with Arnold Palmer, who wrote the very first entry in the book. Others include Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Ben Crenshaw, to name a few. The stories are definitely fun, enjoyable and eye-popping, like Dr. Joseph Parent’s “Zen Golf on the Old Course,” golf scribe Lorne Rubenstein’s “Freelance Wandering,” and broadcaster Steve Melnyk’s “Ticket to Edinburgh.” And if you think you

already know St. Andrews, you’ll really enjoy the tales about the Jigger Inn, the Dunvegan Hotel and the Road Hole. There are even several stories

penned by Arizona Golf Association executive director Ed Gowan – “The First-Time Lass” and “The Town Match.” There’s also a poem by Robert Frost entitled, “A Time To Talk”; a chapter for “The Ladies”; and golf- inspired recipes by award-winning author Sara Kate Gillingham. Oh, yes, and two crossword puzzles about – what else? – St. Andrews. Humble by nature, Evenson claims

only partial praise for the book, noting that it would never have gotten finished if it had not been for his designer/editor from Sedona, Carol

A painting of the Scottish thistle (upper left) by Michael Klein and a Road Hole poster (left) by Lee Wybranski also are included in the book Links to St. Andrews: Love Letters to the Home of Golf. The publishing team (left to right): artist Klein, Mitch Evenson (author’s father), Carol Harolson (designer/ editor), author Joshua Evenson, Lois Evenson (mother), Josh Wright (friend) and artist Wybranski.

Haralson. He also gives a lot of kudos to artists Lee Wybranski of Flagstaff and Klein, a friend from Minot, as well as photographer Matthew Harris. “I give my parents most of the

credit, too, because putting the book together was a family affair,” he said. Surprisingly, Evenson is not on the

book-signing trail these days, though that is about to change, as he will be donating many of those 100 limited edition books that have been signed by his legendary contributors. “Now that the book is done,

that’s the next step, to get it into the hands of various charities to support their respective missions,” Evenson said. “I’m taking a slow, deliberate approach to how it’s offered. “Ultimately, I’m hoping it can

become a ‘living book,’ so I can continue to add stories to it, and take all this love for the Home of Golf at St. Andrews into a more humanistic experience for everyone who is involved.” n

Joshua Evenson is available for book signings and charity functions regarding his book Links to St. Andrews: Love Letters From The Home of Golf. He can be reached at For more on the book, visit

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