I was introduced to the game of golf as a 14-year-old by my father, Robert, who was an Army officer. He had a good game, but unfortunately didn’t have the time to play much. But he told me that if I wanted to get good at something, I had to devote plenty of time and attention to it.
When I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to be a professional golfer, I figured that the next-best thing would be to write about the sport I loved. My first newspaper job was as an investigative reporter at an upstate New York daily newspaper. However, when one of the sports writer left to take another job, I jumped at the opportunity to cover sports, including local golf.
In 1990, I was lucky enough to be hired as the golf writer for Gannett Suburban Newspapers in White Plains, N.Y., which including covering the four major golf championships. From 1993 through 2002, I covered the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship during the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods.