Colorado man retains his buddy’s reminiscence alive in book about travels and golf | Life-style
It started out as an unlikely friendship. It became such a deep friendship that their stories – about good jokes and travel and golf – had to be documented.
At least that’s how Luke Reese felt.
When his almost 25-year-old friend died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in August 2019, Reese decided to write about him and her adventures.
“There must be a book about him,” thought Reese. “He’s so good. He’s so funny. Everyone loved this guy so much. “
While quarantining his Chicago apartment this year, Reese followed that thought. As the founder of a private equity firm, he also chose to be able to work from anywhere. So he moved to Colorado, which he has always considered a “dream place”.
His debut book “One For the Memory Banks” was published that year. The memoirs that touch on their friendship and travels begin with how the friends met.
They were separated by almost 20 years and different countries.
It was 1994 when Reese, who was in his 30s, met Allan Bond, a Scottish man with a great passion and skill for the game of golf. While they both worked for Wilson Sporting Goods, Reese lived in Germany and Bond in London.
When they met in person, Reese asked Bond – or “Bondy” as everyone knew him – how he could improve his golf grip. The answer was a joke about how bad it looked.
Reese didn’t take the reef personally. “You could just say this guy is totally funny,” he said of the exchange.
A week later, Reese received a copy of a coffee table book in the mail. It was about iconic golf courses. Bondy promised that if Reese learned to play better, they would play some of these places.
“From there a friendship was made for life,” Reese said.
Within a few months they were on a golf course together. Over the next two decades, they attended the best and most beautiful courses in the world together.
Reese learned to play along the way. They were constantly shuttling back and forth between friends and competitors. And they learned from each other from life.
“I was horrible at first,” said Reese, who played tennis in college, of his golfing skills. “But I fell in love with golf.”
And he got a lot better and now describes himself as a low handicap player.
But no, his book is not all about golf.
It’s a tribute to Bondy, the man he says is a cross between Winston Churchill, Sean Connery and Arnold Palmer. It’s about their time together on majestic courses like the Royal County Down Golf Club in Ireland.
The mix of friendship and sport has generated rave reviews.
Here’s one from Jason Adel, CEO of Golf Magazine. “The stories, the people, the friendships, the competition and of course the emotions,” he wrote. “One for the Memory Banks has everything that makes golf the greatest game in the world.”
The book was included in a Christmas gift guide published by Katie Couric.
Thanks to the help of Reese’s daughter Madeline, who edited the book, it was completed in April. He sent the manuscript to his friend Brian Lewis, a longtime editor of golf books.
Lewis says he refused to read or publish a friend’s work. But after reading Reese’s book for 10 minutes, he saw something special.
“When you read something that is as good as anything you’ve read in the last 10 or 20 years, it’s hard not to be happy about it,” said Lewis.
For Reese, who now lives in Boulder, the book is a will for his friend. He says it’s like “Tuesdays With Bondy,” a reference to Mitch Albom’s beloved book, Tuesdays with Morrie. The letter, he says, helped him heal the traumatic loss of his friend.
“It’s a friendship story,” Reese said. “It’s about two friends who had the purest fun they could have.”