I am a freelance journalist—I write about golf in my newsletter, The Albatross, on Substack—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 book Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). 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, The New York Times, espnW.com and McKellar. I am a monthly columnist for PineStraw magazine in Southern Pines, N.C., and since 2017 I have been a contributing researcher at NBC Sports, providing information to announcers on golf broadcasts including the U.S. Open, The Open and Ryder Cup. I was part of two Sports Emmy-nominated production teams.
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 and have received multiple awards in the writing contest of the International Network of Golf in recent years. I am the 2020 recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, whose previous honorees include Dan Jenkins and Herbert Warren Wind.
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