Praise for Lifelong Looper
About the Book
Lifelong Looper showcases one of the most fascinating, amusing and time-honored tradition of golf — the caddie. This story of the longest-running club caddie known in history brings to life legendary characters and observations for deeper than its title suggests. Steeped in history and lore and mixed with humor and insight. Lifelong Looper also explores the many-faceted nature of golf – its inspiration, its sublime possession, even its angst.
Ross “Cotton” Young’s story begins when golf clubs were hickory shafts and a caddie’s hourly rate was 20 cents. He walked more than 10, 000 loops over the course of his remarkable 77 years on the bag. That’s over 60,000 miles (2.5 times around the world) of green fairways on the courses of Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Intriguing the reader with engaging tales of on-course drama, caddie shack comedy, and behind-the-scenes look at the special relationship between caddie and player, Lifelong Looper gazes into the soul of a lifelong caddie whose career culminates with his induction into the Professional Caddie’s Worldwide Hall of Fame, sealing his place of prominence in golf history.
Discover how a simple man with an eighth grade education walked the fairways with some of the richest and most powerful men in American industry as well as celebrities, would-be presidents and sport legends. Learn of the man for whom Cotton caddied that was so powerful, he refused to travel for a meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Instead, he insisted that the nation’s leader personally come to him — yet this same man took the time to drive his caddie home from the course after a round of golf. Cotton would never be a CEO, play in the NFL, record a hit song, win a U.S. Open or run for President. But as a caddie, he walked and talked with them all.
As every golfer knows, the best thing to playing golf is talking about it, and reading Lifelong Looper is akin to a chat at the 19th hole with Cotton over a burger and a beer. This endearing book won’t necessarily cure your slice — but it will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a tear to your eye.
Not simply a story of a champion caddie distinguished for his knowledge of the greatest of games, this heartwarming glimpse into the life of vintage looper, Cotton Young, will be embraced by those who love the game and those who wish to learn the secret of how this ordinary man lived an extraordinary life.
Most of all, Lifelong Looper is a reminder that people like Cotton can still be found. As memorable as a hole-in-one, those who have met Cotton seldom forget him. After reading Lifelong Looper, you’ll never forget him either.
“The story of Cotton Young is an intriguing tale of a man who spent more hours on a golf course in his lifetime than anyone else I know. His anecdotes from 77 years as a caddie are sure to entertain golfers and non-golfers alike. Without question, he has an amazing life story to tell!
“… there is really something in the soul of the man, Ross "Cotton" Young, that is both inspiring and intriguing. We could hardly put the book down and loved every touching, hilarious and uncommon moment that the author so skillfully lays at the readers feet. If you enjoy stories of bygone eras, and people from a time of ethics, values and true American spirit, you will find it all in Lifelong Looper.”
Carol White. Author of “Live Your Road Trip Dream”
“…left me feeling ...warm and wanting to be a better husband, father and human being. I started reading Lifelong Looper because it was about golf. I finished reading it because of the fantastic picture it paints of a life well lived. I hope Cindy has other relatives she can write about.”
Phil Main, CKNX AM920
" A must read!”
Jack Evans, The Jack Evans Show, 590 WMBS-CBS Radio
"Every golf lover would consider themselves lucky for the opportunity to follow in caddie legend Ross “Cotton” Young’s amazing footsteps. But be warned: Following in Cotton's footsteps means you'd better pack some quality shoes. The man’s rolled over more miles -- about 60,000 -- than an old set of Firestones radials. His insights enrich the lives and rounds of countless golfers the way Lifelong Looper does for lovers of golf and the great characters it produces."
Chris Rodell, Author of "Hole-in-One! The Complete Book of Fact, Legend and Lore on Golf's Luckiest Shot."
…intriguing…readers will be enthralled…very highly recommend…
Midwest Book Review
"…delightful, charming story…”
Dr. Mildred L. Culp, WorkWise Interactive, The Modesto Bee
“Loved it from start to finish!"
Eric C. Shillinger, Head Golf Professional, Moselem Springs GC"
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