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DUKE MAHLBy DUKE MAHL
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DUKE MAHLBy DUKE MAHL
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About

Can you imagine Mt. Rushmore without Abraham Lincoln? How about the Beatles without producer George Martin ?

  My great Uncle Alex Morrison is one of the least known and most influential golf instructors in the history of the game, and yet his legacy has been all but buried for the past seventy years. His students include Henry Picard who taught Jack Grout who was Jack Nicklaus’s enduring coach and mentor. Amazingly Alex was one of four brothers who were all golf professionals back in the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  Hints of Alex’s existence are thrown around in book’s like Bob Hope’s ‘Confessions of a Hooker; My Lifelong Love Affair With Golf’, ‘First 100 Years; Golf in America’, and ‘Golf In the Ozarks’.

 Alex himself wrote two books that are now out of print; one of which was the foundation of modern golf instruction and at the time the revolutionary and controversial “centrifugal force” concept was introduced. His other book called “Better Golf Without Practice” was so far ahead of it’s time in the 1940’s that only now can science quantify what Alex knew worked but not why with respect to ‘visualization’ techniques.

 My project requires that not only a book be written to tie up all of the loose ends about ‘The Golfing Morrisons’  (one of which was my mom’s dad), but also to conduct a campaign to nominate Alex into his rightful place into the Golf Hall of Fame. He would then be included with so many of his students, peers and disciples who already have been inducted over the years. It’s a rich and colorful story with names like Babe Ruth, Horton Smith, Henri Picard, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and many others. The family files we have found to sort through and organize are almost like finding the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ of modern golf history.

To launch our Kickstarter project during Master’s Week 2012 is the perfect timing of this tribute. A Hall-of Famer who was one of Alex’s students throughout his career was Horton Smith; best known as the first man to win the Master’s tournament. He was also the only man to defeat Bobby Jones in 1930, the year of Jones’ Grand Slam. 

 The funds raised will go to travel, research, interviews and transcriptions of known associates and family and the time required to dedicate one’s self to embark on such an undertaking. Publishing of first printing of book will allow for bootstrapping of subsequent printings as well as copies of all other materials referred to in the rewards section.  ( Profits to ultimately fund a foundation that will promote “Breaking 80” and junior golf. )

 For seventy years the bulk of Alex’s legacy has been scattered to the wind. I know this is the time to pull the pieces together for the generations to follow. I feel a true responsibility to the legacy, the family and the present and future participants of the game of golf to assume the stewardship of this project. I’m 59 years old and have this great instinct pulling at me that this is the right thing for me to do.

My wonderful 93 year old Uncle Bob passed away the same day that Kickstarter notified me my submission for this project was accepted. Somehow I just can’t trivialize and dismiss coincidences like that. He was a special kind of hero and fed me bits and pieces along with encouragement this should be done. I’ll use all of my entrepreneurial skills in building this project. It should be the most meaningful success of all. The time required is crucial for the dedication I throw myself at anything with. 

Thank you for your consideration in breathing life into this project that will be such a joy for so many and a way for Alex’s legacy to rest in peace rather than in pieces.

Thank you for your consideration in breathing life into this project that will be such a joy for so many and a way for Alex’s legacy to rest in peace rather than in pieces.

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    Thanks so much for helping to resurrect the memory of a legend. You’ll be added to our address book for updates on our Hall of Fame nomination efforts. Ballots go out this Fall !!

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    A commemorative Golfing Morrisons T-shirt .(International orders add $15.00
    shipping, Canadian orders add $10.00 shipping s-m-l-xl )

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    All of the prior levels plus a digitized DVD of Alex’s book ‘A New Way to Better Golf’ .

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    All of above plus a PDF preview chapter of new Book about the ‘Golfing Morrisons’

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    All of the above plus an autographed copy of the new book.

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    All of the above plus a digitized DVD copy of Alex’s “Better Golf Without Practice” and a special surprise package of Morrison momentos.

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    All of the above plus three extra copies of the new book.

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    All of the above plus special edition reprints of the books “A New Way to Better Golf” and “Better Golf Without Practice”

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