Blazing the Trail

//Blazing the Trail

Blazing the Trail

R385.00

My book, ‘Blazing the Trail’ – a beautifully produced soft-cover 411 page full colour book (with around 140 photographs which fit into the text) is timed to coincide withthe 90th anniversary of the start of Black Golf in South Africa, and it will be released latest 01 June, and will sell for R385.

HISTORY AND STORIES OF BLACK GOLF & HOW IT HELPED BRING DOWN APARTHEID

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My book, ‘Blazing the Trail’ – a beautifully produced soft-cover 411 page full colour book (with around 140 photographs which fit into the text) is timed to coincide withthe 90th anniversary of the start of Black Golf in South Africa, and it will be released latest 01 June, and will sell for R385.

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HISTORY AND STORIES OF BLACK GOLF & HOW IT HELPED BRING DOWN APARTHEID

Foreword: Tokozile Xasa (Minister of Sport); Sally Little; Rajen Sewgolum

Minster of Sport Tokozile Xasa: “I implore all South Africans to read this book!  Against all odds, the story of black golf in South Africa must be told”.

Book launch schedule

  • 06 June 6-8 pm Exclusive Books Homebru Author panel (Dan Nichol moderator), Cavendish Square, Cape Town
  • 19 June 6 – 8 pm Durban Country Club
  • 20 June 6-8 pm The World of Golf, Johannesburg

Book information

90 years of the ‘lost’ history of Black golf the book tells the story of how black youth were indentured to be caddies, triumphed against all odds

The fabric of black golf is interwoven with attempts by the South African apartheid government to allow black golfers to compete against white sporting South Africans and on the international stage. Finally after becoming the figurehead of the anti-apartheid sport movement, golfers ensure that the tail wagged the dog.

They broke down the apartheid notion of white sportsmen’s invincibility, and triumphed by drawing world attention to the inequality, leading to unification, and finding thebalance between white and black golfers.

* historical tournament results * bush golf courses * battle with apartheid * play in white golf tournaments * triumphs overseas and locally * retaliation, attempted assassination, banning, and passport withdrawal * banning of white golfers abroad * victories over Gary Player & Tiger Woods *SA golfer ranking *Induction into the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame.

Sale Points

  • The story of black golf has never been told – fascinating tale of how they rose to beat world number one Gary Player and Tiger Woods.
  • There is a huge – and affluent – market for this book. Golf fans are passionate about their sport.
  • Equally those interested in apartheid will be fascinated as to how these golfers had South Africa banned from the Olympics and the government brought to their knees.
  • The stories and struggles of Boodhun, Chowglay, Louw, Sewgolum, Johnson-Sedibe, Tshabalala, Muridzo, and Chitengwa, and others have never been told – tales of triumph and tragedy make this a fascinating story!
  • Tournament statistics and blow-by-blow exciting match exchanges are documented and recorded in a readable easy to understand even for non-golfers.
  • Following Tiger Woods’s 2019 Masters success, the timing of this book’s release is perfect.

Book Reviews

FINANCIAL MAIL

Cohen brings deep sensitivity to the stories which he tells with great energy and dedication; they make for a fascinating read.

SA JEWISH REPORT

Cohen has written a fascinating, factual, and timely book about golf and the politics of exclusion, it is a book of remarkable stories.

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POLITY: CREMER NEWS Aug 13, 2019

The author brings to life the trials and tribulations faced by people of colour trying to play a sport they loved, and in so doing, breaking down the apartheid barrier and overcoming discrimination, determination, and the quest to win against all odds.

RADIO INTERVIEW

https://www.polity.org.za/article/blazing-the-trail-celebrating-90-years-of-black-golf-in-southern-africa-barry-cohen-2019-08-13

AUSTRALIA REVIEW

The book is not just a remarkable chronology of black golf, the people who were involved but an insightful reflection on South Africa during the period of apartheid well worthr eading and deserves a wider circulation amongst South African’s living in Australia.

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COMPLETE GOLFER

Blazing the Trail is the story interwoven with the history and tournament statistics of 90 years of black golf largely undocumented and untold until now. It is a narrative of how players rose above the challenges only for those in authority to stop the sweeping winds of change

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The forgotten stars of SA golf

A new book celebrates the forgotten stars of SA golf – maligned and discriminated against for their colour. Luke Alfred took a look

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MUNGO PARK REVIEW

The history of golf is often characterised by heroic terms. ‘Titanic struggles’ feature strongly in the tales of early golfers’ legendary rivalries and extraordinary achievements in the face of adversity.

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GREENSIDE (UK)

Future historians will thank him for the scrupulous way in which he has recorded the playing prowess and success of non-European golfers. This is a book that is clear and easily read. I hope it will be widely read by those with an interest in the game’s history

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