Legendary writer and author Dan Jenkins is the recipient of the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
Jenkins, 84, is one of only a handful of writers who has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to writing for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest, Jenkins authored multiple well-known books. "Semi-Tough" eventually was turned into a movie that starred Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. He also authored "Dead Solid Perfect," which was used in a made-for-TV movie. So was his book "Baja, Oklahoma." Jenkins is known for his humor and wit in his writing.
Jenkins, who resides in Fort Worth, Texas, will receive the Old Tom Morris Award on Feb. 25 at the Opening Session of the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas. The award has been presented annually since 1983 to an individual, who through a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Morris, four-time British Open champion, was superintendent at St. Andrews in Scotland, until his death in 1908.
"I'm honored to win this award, especially for a guy who I'm almost as old as," Jenkins said. "It's terrific. I didn't know a lot about grass, but I knew a lot of greenskeepers all around town. The profession has made a lot of progress. Courses nowadays are so consistently wonderful with all the things they can do with them."
Jenkins began covering major golf championships in 1951. In all, he has covered 223 of them. He befriended golf great Ben Hogan. Jenkins not only wrote about Hogan; he got to play golf with him. Jenkins was the team's top golfer when he was in college at Texas Christian University.
Previous recipients of the Old Tom Morris Award include Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope,
Gene Sarazen, Sherwood A. Moore, CGCS; Dinah Shore and Tom Fazio.