World Golf Hall of Fame to induct Dan Jenkins in 2012

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Jenkins is also in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
December 14, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will enshrine award-winning journalist Dan Jenkins as part of its Class of 2012. The 82-year-old writer was selected through the Lifetime Achievement Category.

Jenkins will be inducted along with Phil Mickelson and Hollis Stacy into the Hall of Fame at its Induction Ceremony on May 7, 2012 at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The Ceremony is held on the Monday of THE PLAYERS Championship week.

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and World Golf Hall of Fame Chief Operating Officer Jack Peter made the announcement by teleconference, with Jenkins joining from his long-time home in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Dan has been a vital part of the game for more than 60 years," Finchem said. "His unique brand of storytelling in newspapers, books, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest helped introduce golf to millions of fans. His contributions to sports journalism, especially golf, make him worthy of this honor."

Jenkins is regarded as one of America's greatest sportswriters. His chronicles of Texas golf in the 1950s, specifically of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, are legendary. When Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were starring in the 1960s and 70s, Jenkins was at Sports Illustrated, reporting on their exploits with award-winning stories. Jenkins, the author of several best-selling sports books, still maintains a regular column for Golf Digest.

Jenkins won the 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the PGA of America and was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1996. He won his first award in the Golf Writers Association of America's annual writing contest in 1957 while working for the Fort Worth Press newspaper. In 2011, he earned his ninth career award. It was the first time he was honored in the Internet category.

"I can only say as a native of Fort Worth, Texas, that I'm extremely proud to keep following Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson somewhere," Jenkins said. "Not with my golf game, but with my typewriter."

The Hall of Fame will round out the Class of 2012 with a final announcement on Thursday, Dec. 15.

"Dan is a legend," Peter said. "He has been telling some of golf's greatest stories for generations and we are honored to be able to tell his story at the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is a fantastic addition to the Class of 2012."