Golf Writers Association of America Turns 70

Founded on this date in 1946.

That’s a pretty sweet number for the GWAA, as 70 is generally equivalent to par or a couple of strokes under on an 18-hole course.

As Golf Digest archives editor Cliff Schrock notes, one man was the driving force of an organization that now counts more than 800 members:

The GWAA was founded on the Sunday prior to the 1946 PGA Championship, played at Portland, Ore. Golf Club and won by Ben Hogan. The GWAA was finally formed 17 years after The New York Times’ William D. Richardson first proposed the idea. Charles Bartlett, who worked for the Chicago Tribune, was the GWAA’s secretary/treasurer for its first 20 years, and from the start, the golf-writers group has included the genre’s heavy hitters. Among the first presidents of the GWAA were O.B. Keeler and Grantland Rice.

Winners at the GWAA’s most recent annual awards dinner, held April 6 in Augusta, Ga., included GolfChannel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner together with managing editor Mercer Baggs for their four-part series about Tiger Woods. The articles were published to coincide with the former no. 1’s 40th birthday.

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