A young golfer plays in his first tournament as a pro, a backwater nightmare in the middle of nowhere. More
From Library Journal:
Would-be golf pro Thurmond Leaner heads north from Texas to the Catskills and his professional debut. In this highly readable comic first novel, Thurmond encounters a number of nutty characters and situations both en route and at the eccentrically operated Catalina Invitational. The tournament, it seems, is the brain child of an ancient 1930s golf pro who insists, among other things, upon playing in the first foursome. A likeable down-home narrator, Thurmond is a fount of golfing lore and commonsense, humorous asides. On the negative side, this easy-going tale suffers from an underdeveloped, semi-serious (some might say, ludicrous) ending. Recommended for fans of Dan Jenkins and Charles Portis, plus all golfing enthusiasts, particularly those who fantasize about turning pro.