Published by Tom Buggy
1st edition December 31, 2016
"This is a terrific little book on a man by the name of Ray Billows who is one the greatest but least known amateur golfers of his generation. Ray Billows was an amateur golfer who ultimately, among many championships he won, became a 7-time winner of the New York State amateur championship and also a three time runner-up in the United States Amateur championship, both records that stand to this day. But this is more than the story of a highly accomplished golfer, it is also the story of a young man growing up in Racine, Wisconsin who began to caddie at a young age and through a gentleman he met caddying began a career in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York with Western Publishing. Despite any formal education Billows rose through the ranks to become a successful businessman along with being a standout golfer, husband and father. It is a feel-good story told beautifully by golf historian Tom Buggy. I highly recommend it and promise that you will not be disappointed."
"As an avid golfer growing up in Ray's home town of Racine, WI, I knew few details of Ray's life story other than that fact that he was an accomplished amateur golfer. Ray was a "poor kid" that learned to play the game as a caddie at my home club--Racine Country Club. About a year ago I became interested in leaning more. Learning his story was akin to peeling back an onion--the deeper you went the more layers you found. Tom Buggy's book peels back those layers one at a time and exposes an absolutely beautiful story about a great man who happened to be one of the finest amateur golfers of his time. The richness of this book is deserving of high praise and Tom Buggy is to be commended for his attention to detail. I would recommend this book to any golfer interested in learning about golf before the days of 350 yard drives, private jet travel with eight-figure corporate sponsorships. Kudos to the author."