The movie open on the Isle of Jersey in 1897 to a young Harry Vardon awaking to 4 dark robed tall dark hatted men surveying his family's land for the new Royal British Links. They are evicting his family and putting in a golf course. He's never even heard of the "gentleman's game" let alone seen it and now all he's ever know is being stripped from him. Well a fire has been light under him and he goes on to learn the game and learn he does he wins; wins BIG. 5 time British open champ and not even a blue blood. This movie is as much a story of Harry Vardon as it is a true story of Francis Ouimet a poor 20 year old American son of an Irish woman and French man.
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Francis Ouimet grew up knowing nothing but golf and the haves and the haves nots of the world. He you see was a have not. Living across the street from the Brooklin Country Club in Boston Mass he was a caddy as early as the age of 5 years old, helping his hard nosed immigrant father bring money home. As he caddied he learned and his dream grew. He learned of Vardon and of his rags to riches story and dreamed even bigger. Never imagining that he could ever play at an American Country Club let alone an actual championship until one day a prominent Country Club man he'd caddied for many times fought for him to play in the US Amateur Championships held at the club. With his father and the Country Club folk on one side and this dream on the other would Francis hold out and win? What would the future hold? The US Open would be held at the very same course in as little as 2 years with Mr. Vardon in attendance as well, will Francis' father ever understand and loosen up?
The review of this Movie prepared by Erika Gardner