His book is the account of the historic 1913 U.S. Open that featured the great English champions Harry Vardon and Ted Ray and little-known former caddie, Francis Ouimet. At age 20, less than half the others' ages, Ouimet was working in a local sporting goods store at the time of his Open triumph in a playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Frost weaves the tale as equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history and emotional human drama.
'My hope and belief has always been that a modern audience would find the story of Francis Ouimet as inspiring as did the earlier generations he single-handedly brought to the sport of golf,' said Frost. 'Given his lifelong dedication to the game and the high standards of its governing body, I am particularly thrilled and honored to receive the USGA's Book of the Year Award.'