Nice Shot Mr Nicklaus

Golf-writer and hacker extraordinaire, Michael Konik, roams the golfing universe in this outstanding collection of stories about the game and its grandeur.

Nice Shot  Mr  Nicklaus

Golf-writer and hacker extraordinaire, Michael Konik, roams the golfing universe in this outstanding collection of stories about the game and its grandeur. Konik's intimate profiles take you inside the minds and motives of some of the biggest names in golf--John Daly and Phil Mickelson, Raymond Floyd and Jim Colbert, Helen Alfredsson and Laura Davies, Dave Pelz and Vince Gill among them. Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus guides readers around the planet in search of exotic golf adventures, from Scotland and Spain to the United Arab Emirates and El Salvador. Konik chronicles his own misadventures in some of the world's quirkiest tournaments, writes eloquently and movingly about demeanor on the links, and, of course, caddies for Jack Nicklaus in the memorable title story. Throughout Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus, Konik brings a refreshing originality to his coverage of the game: "Golf is more than a sport, and far more than a pastime. It's a journey and an examination, a diversion and a trial, a romantic love affair and a heart-wrenching betrayal. It's rich in symbolism and even richer in sentiment--a tidy little metaphor for being alive."

Ella in Europe

He is also the author of Telling Lies and Getting Paid; The Man with the $100,000 Breasts; Nice Shot, Mr: Nicklaus; and In Search qfBumingl1ush. Based in Los Angeles, Konik is the West Coast editor and golf columnist at Delta Air Lines' ...

Ella in Europe

Part travelogue, part valentine to a beloved pet, Ella in Europe chronicles writer Michael Konik’s magical six-week journey through Europe with his dog, Ella. An homage to the friend who has “licked away my tears when I’m sad, hopped on her hind legs when I’m happy, and snuggled me when I’m lonely,” here is the story of a bond unlike any other–and an extraordinary dog who stole her way into one man’s heart. Los Angeles writer Michael Konik had always shared his life with dogs. But Ella, a gentle Lab mix, was something special. From the moment Konik laid eyes on Ella, he knew: This dog was meant to be his. An enchantress who charmed all who met her, Ella Guinevere Konik had a truly unique gift–and soon Konik found a way for Ella to share that gift, signing her up for a program that brings dogs into hospitals, nursing homes, and children’s shelters. When Ella turned ten, Konik wanted to thank the “best friend” whose unconditional love had transformed his life–and given comfort and joy to others in need. So a trip to Europe was planned–and for Konik and Ella a once-in-a-lifetime adventure began, one that would strengthen the already-powerful bond between them. As they explore Europe’s most beautiful–and surprisingly dog-friendly–cities, Konik is amazed at the experiences he and Ella can share . . . Arriving in Vienna on July Fourth with Ella wrapped in her American flag scarf . . . Dining at four-star restaurants in Paris . . . Ella swimming in the Danube . . . Taking a gondola ride in Venice . . . Sunbathing in St. Tropez . . . Searching for a canine toilet in Monte Carlo. But soon this journey of friendship, love, and discovery must come to a close. And as Konik heads home, accompanied by the canine friend who “helped teach me what love means,” one thing is certain: Both dog and owner have been changed forever. At once a testament to the power of unconditional love and a celebration of devotion, Ella in Europe is a book for anyone who has ever felt a special connection to a dog they’ve loved.

Reefer Gladness

Other Books by Michael Konik Telling Lies and Getting Paid Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus Order #1256 • $17.21 Order #1230 • $9.99 The Man With the $100,000 Breasts Order #1138 • $9.99 Available at ShopLVA.com About Huntington Press Huntington ...

Reefer Gladness

Bestselling author Michael Konik (The Man With the $100,000 Breasts; Ella in Europe; The Smart Money) abstained from using, or even trying marijuana until he was nearly 40. Then he went to Amsterdam. No longer able to dismiss pot as an herbal evil, he began to celebrate its salutary effects. Seven years later, Konik has penned a provocative and intelligent examination of America's most politically potent plant. Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana explores this emotionally-charged subject through an innovative lens. It's an entertaining, elegant, and consistently heady study of a simple weed with the power to transform American society. Konik's pungent prose provides a literary contact high. His vivid characters, the regular (and irregular) people from every stratum of society who make marijuana a part of their lives, blaze off the page. Reefer Gladness is nonfiction and fiction, humorous and serious, a fascinating hybrid of reality and imagination. It's a great read--whether or not you enjoy marijuana.

The Unexpected Guest

Also by Michael Konik Becoming Bobby Ella in Europe How the Revolution Started The Man with the $100,000 Breasts Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus Reefer Gladness Report from the Street The Smart Money Telling Lies and Getting Paid The Termite ...

The Unexpected Guest

A heartwarming memoir of a couple who takes in a homeless man and the life-altering effect the experience has on all three of them. For years, “Fisher King Mike” wandered L.A., preaching to his people. On occasion he’d share an open mic night with Michael Konik, who offered a curious and sympathetic ear, particularly when the Fisher King lamented his separation from his wife (who he claimed was Selena Gomez). As the pair began to trust one another, confusion and distance gave way to something that astounded them both. The Unexpected Guest gives love profound new dimensions with its story of family, friendship, and the meaning of home. Konik offered food and a pair of pants when his new friend came by, and wondered how much he owed the troubled Fisher King―a question all of America faces with the nation’s ongoing homelessness crisis. When Konik and his wife gave Fisher King Mike a place in their home, handy as he turned out to be with household projects, they witnessed a guest become a caretaker. Gone was the man who gave sermons about his supposed estate next door to Kanye West. Gone was the man drifting through life. What each never saw coming was their own transformation and the lessons they’d learn about what it means not only to be good people, but simply to be human. Praise for The Unexpected Guest “Heartwarming, compassionate, and well-crafted, The Unexpected Guest gives voice to those rarely heard, compels you to look closer when you want to look away, and reveals the joy of caring for others.” ―Pete Earley, New York Times–bestselling author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, 2007 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize “What a pleasure to read a book that is quick in pace, absent of cynicism, and packed with conversations and stories we desperately need. The Unexpected Guest exceeded my already high expectations. Michael Konik does something that few journalists, let alone politicians even attempt to do. He humanizes the people who are without shelter. I won’t be soon forgetting “Fisher King Mike.”“―Dave Zirin, The Nation “A deft meditation on the ordinary magic that happens when you open your heart and home, one small step at a time. Poignant, timely, compulsively readable. Konik’s story of family lingers long after the last page.” ―Jack McCallum, New York Times–bestselling author of Dream Team “Honest and entertaining, this book forces readers to confront the systems of inequality in which we are all implicated.” ―Kirkus Reviews

The Smart Money

OTHER BOOKS BY MICHAEL KONIK The Man with the $100,000 Breasts Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus! Telling Lies and Getting Paid In Search of Burningbush Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventures A MEMOIR The SMARTMONEY How the ...

The Smart Money

An inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the world's most successful sports gambling ring. When Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews,

Becoming Bobby

OTHER BOOKS BY MICHAEL KONIK The Man with the $100,000 Breasts Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus! Telling Lies and Getting Paid In Search of Burningbush Ella in Europe The Smart Money Reefer Gladness BECOMING BOBBY MICHAEL KONIK VEGAS LIT• LAS ...

Becoming Bobby

He quit his job, abandoned his wife, and checked in at the Nirvana Casino. In Michael Konik’s darkly satirical debut novel, an American Humbert Humbert is overwhelmed by fantasies of becoming a Vegas big shot. Dubbed the “Dean of the World’s Gambling Writers,” Konik is a former Cigar Aficionado gaming columnist and TV poker analyst. The best-selling author of three acclaimed gambling-story collections, including The Man with the $100,000 Breasts, he brings his vast knowledge of the casino world to the pages of this viciously funny (and strangely inspiring) evisceration of our modern aspirational lifestyle.

Golf s Finest Par Threes

The Art and Science of the One-Shot Hole Michael Bartlett, Tony Roberts. Courses. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, ... TheWorld's GreatGolf Courses. London: Apple Press, 1988. ... NiceShot, Mr. Nicklaus: Stories Aboutthe Gameof Golf.

Golf s Finest Par Threes

Orwell Brennan, Chief of Police in Dockerty, Newry County, can't resist digging into the death of a man found in a tree with two arrows in his stomach.

Chicken Soup for the Golfer s Soul

Currently, he is working on his next book, Good Shot, Mr. Nicklaus: Stories About the Game of Golf. Stephen Leacock (18691944), humorist, essayist, teacher, political economist and historian, was the recipient of numerous honorary ...

Chicken Soup for the Golfer s Soul

Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul is a perfect gift for any golfing enthusiast, whether their drives land in the sand or on the green. This inspiring collection of stories from professionals, caddies and amateur golfers shares the memorable moments of the game.

My Best Day in Golf

There are two tournaments that stand out in my mind , both of them won by Jack Nicklaus . ... I cut back and got a reaction shot of Jack over the roar of the crowd , and Ben Wright said : " Terrible music for Mr. Nicklaus's ears .

My Best Day in Golf

Professional golfers, musicians, celebrities, politicians, sports figures, and others share their love for the game of golf in a collection of stories about experiences on the links, featuring contributions by Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, Jack Welch, Bryant Gumbel, Celine Dion, and others.

Jack Nicklaus

When Jack Nicklaus learned of his pairing with Ben Hogan for the final 36 holes of “Open Saturday,” he was ... “He didn't talk a great deal,” Nicklaus said, “but whenever I produced a better than average stroke, he'd say, 'good shot,' ...

Jack Nicklaus

In this intimately penned biography, the only one written about the “Golden Bear,” author Mark Shaw, with the energy of a lifelong fan, chronicles Nicklaus’s life from his early days as a young golfer to his final tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. While comparing him to other greats of the game—Palmer, Watson, Bobby Jones, Hogan, Snead, Trevino, and Tiger Woods—the book focuses on Nicklaus's play during a record 18 major championship victories. It also features anecdotes from his family, closest friends, and golf rivals while painting a portrait of Jack the golfer, Jack the family man, and Jack the golf course designer. Along the way, readers will learn how to improve their game through analysis of Nicklaus’s secrets for success, including his one-of-a-kind mental approach to the game.

Jack Nicklaus

Although then forty- seven years old, Ben was still a huge force in the game, and obviously now had a great shot at a record fifth Open victory. More gulps. I had not at that point met Mr. Hogan, but had learned enough about him from ...

Jack Nicklaus

The famed golfer chronicles his youth, rise to the top of the golfing world, record-breaking career, relationships with other top golfers, family, and the issues of the game

How Champions Think

And all Mr. Penick said was, “Nice shot.” Sometimes he varied it a little, saying, “Very nice. ... Hal was, for a while, known in the media as “the next Nicklaus,” because he and Jack were both blond, were both burly, and both hit the ...

How Champions Think

America’s preeminent sports psychologist delivers a groundbreaking guide to success in all aspects of life—not just sports—from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety. Acclaimed sports psychologist Bob Rotella has advised everyone from professional golfers to NBA superstars to business executives on how to flourish under pressure and overcome challenges. Now, for the first time, he’s distilled his decades of in-depth research and practical experience into a potential-unlocking guide for everyone. This exciting book is not a collection of Rotella’s theories; it consists of performance principles that have proven themselves in countless competitive situations, in arenas from which only the strongest minds emerge triumphant. It’s a book full of insights that you can learn and use the next morning—in the office, the classroom, or wherever your quest takes you—told not in abstractions, but through case studies and stories drawn from Rotella’s years teaching sports psychology, counseling athletes, and consulting for Fortune 500 companies. It explores how to keep the mind from holding you back, whatever your physical gifts or other talents. It’s about how to make a commitment, how to persevere, how to deal with failure—and how to train your mind to create a self-image that promotes confidence and accomplishment. Any successful life starts with how you see yourself. And with these pearls of wisdom from the nation’s preeminent sports psychologist, you can learn to achieve the success of your dreams.

A Good Walk Spoiled

there, after his stirring 69–70 start left him three shots out of the lead, he had faded into the pack with a 77 on Saturday. And now this. ... When he came out of the house to greet them all, someone said, “Mr. Nicklaus, ...

A Good Walk Spoiled

"The best-ever account of life on the PGA tour" (Golf Magazine): John Feinstein's bestselling classic is a must-read for anyone who loves the game of golf. Traveling with the golfers on the PGA Tour, Feinstein gets inside the heads of the game's greatest players as well as its struggling wannabes. Meet superstars like Nick Price, who nailed a fifty-foot putt at the seventeenth to win the British Open, and Paul Azinger, who marked his return from a bout with cancer with an emotional appearance at the Buick Open. Go behind the scenes for Davis Love III's unforgettable come-from-behind victory in the Ryder Cup. In golf, Feinstein eloquently relates, the line that separates triumph from disappointment is incredibly fine. "One week you've discovered the secret to the game; the next week you never want to play it again."

Golf On The Edge

"There's only so many times you can say, "Good shot, Mr President,” chortled George. ... myself involved in a personal Duel in the Sun and was determined, just like Jack Nicklaus, to take my opponent to the last shot, on the last green.

Golf On The Edge

Because of its island status, the British shoreline enjoys more traditional coastal golf courses than anywhere in world. When Stephen Cartmell set himself the challenge of finding and testing eighteen of the most outstanding links courses in Britain, he decided that they had to meet a number of important criteria - the most significant of which was that the sea had to be visible from the course and, preferably, should present a physical hazard to any wayward shots. Stephen Cartmell provides hilarious descriptions of these sea-flanked courses, not to mention the characters he meets on his journey around the British coastline in this perfect guide for those tempted to play Golf on the Edge.

Make Russia Great Again

Nice shot, sir. I can see you're fixing to beat me like a drum.” “I had Tiger and Nicklaus out here last weekend.” “So I heard. I think I'd have found that kind of intimidating.” “Nicklaus is designing my next course.” “Yeah? Great.

Make Russia Great Again

Herb Nutterman, a long-time Trump Organization employee, unexpectedly becomes President Trump's White House chief of staff and finds himself entangled in Russian intrigue and leading the president's reelection campaign.

The Best of Plimpton

Mr. Jack , I'm here for a loan , " he said , just as easily as he might have said " good morning . " Nicklaus paid off the taxi , invited Peterson in , and sat him down to talk finance with him . " I told him I had some friends in ...

The Best of Plimpton

Collects profiles, essays, articles, and short stories by the American sportswriter.

Arnold Palmer s Success Lessons

When discussing his decades-long rivalry with Jack Nicklaus, Mr. Palmer said, “At times we became so hyper about ... FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER can beat LOU BROCK I regularly tell my clients (and myself) that “good shot or bad ...

Arnold Palmer s Success Lessons

Arnold Palmer taught world-class pro golf instructor Brad Brewer how to play golf. But that was just the beginning. For more than 30 years, Palmer taught Brad how to live. As a businessman, a father, a celebrity, a philanthropist, and a friend, Palmer showed those around him that true success has nothing to do with the final score—and everything to do with how you play the game. In Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons, Brad shares the life-changing truths he learned from the King of Golf throughout three decades of knowing Palmer as a business partner, employer, and mentor. In short but powerful chapters, Brad passes on Palmer’s secrets such as: Why you always need to play for the love of the game What your starting point tells you about your destination How to capitalize on past success The attitude of a true champion Why golf is like all the best things in life—it’s more complicated than it looks Taking us from Palmer’s childhood to his last years back in his own hometown, Brad introduces us to the Arnold Palmer behind the trophies, the celebrity, and the fame. This was the man who changed lives simply by living well, a man loved and respected not only for what he did but for who he was.

The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds Volume 1

“What a Stupid I Am” Roberto de Vicenzo had a good shot at winning the 1968 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He and Bob Goalby finished tied ... Unfortunately, both Mr. Vicenzo and his playing partner, Tommy Aaron, made errors.

The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds  Volume 1

The doing of good deeds is important. As a free person, you can choose to live your life as a good person or as a bad person. To be a good person, do good deeds. To be a bad person, do bad deeds. If you do good deeds, you will become good. If you do bad deeds, you will become bad. To become the person you want to be, act as if you already are that kind of person. Each of us chooses what kind of person we will become. To become a hero, do the things a hero does. To become a coward, do the things a coward does. The opportunity to take action to become the kind of person you want to be is yours. ; ;This book collects 250 stories of good deeds from the arts, from religion, and from life.

The Golf Journal

The domination of Jack Nicklaus is slipping and the Open may really show if there is a change of guard at the top of the ranks . Matthew J. Ward Clifton , N.J. ' m taking this opportunity in Mr. Martin should know that an experienced ...

The Golf Journal


The Golf Courses of Jack Nicklaus

Abbey The Nicklaus method of ensuring design Jack Nicklaus ' stated goal as a golf course He does believe in ... good , balanced , mixture of shot values that Above all else , he wants to ' create good people have been very good about ...

The Golf Courses of Jack Nicklaus