Dank Jenkins, one of the greatest of the modern sportswriters, passed away on March 7, 2019. The author of 20 books and innumerable golf articles, Mr. Jenkins possessed an irreverent style.
“He was the most effortless, most confident writer most of us have ever known. Or ever will,” according to a post on Jenkin’s death by the Golf Writers Association of America. “He was Texas born and bred, irreverent and irreplaceable. He was fearless and honest, a writer who reinvented sports writing, showing us it wasn’t just Xs, Os and scores. It was people, moments and perspective; it was finding ways to make us laugh.”
Mr. Jenkins, was 90. He was a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and winner of every award imaginable, including the Red Smith Award, the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award, the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award, the GWAA’s William D. Richardson Award, Memorial Tournament Journalism Award, Lincoln Werden Award. He was a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and had the TCU pressbox named after him as well being honored by the University of Texas who created the Dan Jenkins Medal of Excellence in Sports Writing. According to Golf Digest, Jenkins covered an incredible 232 major golf championships – 68 Masters, 63 U.S. Opens, 45 British Opens and 56 PGAs. That record will never be broken.
Thanks to the GWAA for the above information.