I am a freelance journalist who got interested in writing about sports as a boy in North Carolina sharing the sports section of The Greensboro Daily News every morning with my father. I wrote for school papers, as early as the ninth grade, and in college at Chapel Hill, working my way up to be sports editor of The Daily Tar Heel, where Charles Kuralt, Curry Kirkpatrick and Peter Gammons, among others, had pitched their early innings.
After stints at newspapers in Athens, Ga., and Asheville, N.C., I was hired by Golf World magazine in 1984. Aside from a five-year stay with Golf Illustrated, I spent the next three decades in various capacities for Golf World: photographer, photo editor, features editor. All along the way, I wrote — profiles, tournament reports, columns. I am known for my versatility and in-depth historical articles, some of which are included in my new book Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships. Because of my knowledge of golf history, I have appeared on television shows for Golf Channel and ESPN. And I have contributed to Golf Digest, GolfDigest.com and The New York Times, including reporting for the Times at the 2014 PGA Championship, the 100th major championship that I’ve covered.
My work has been honored many times in the writing contest of the Golf Writers Association of America, including first-place awards in 1986, 1991, 2003 and 2007. I had a story in The Best American Sports Writing 1996, and the anthology cited me for a notable story in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012. I won a 2011 LPGA Global Media Award for a feature about the rise of South Koreans in women’s golf.
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