Sports Writing is really just a way for me to unfurl other people's process and how we shoot for our dreams. These are as personal as the essays.
What a Wonderful World—I traced the early episodes of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, which set out to show the game of golf across the world while plugging for the Royal Dutch Shell Company. This piece appeared in McKellar, a prestige journal that has set out to be the Paris Review of Golf and features some of the best writing anywhere because it has such good writers. You can’t read this online, either, but you can listen to a great podcast between Lawrence Donegan and myself here.
Hogan’s Hands—My first piece for The Golfer’s Journal, which features beautiful art and a spectacular layout in a large format magazine. This piece was about Anthony Ravielli, the man behind the iconic drawings of Ben Hogan in his classic book, Five Easy Lessons. The drawings first appeared in the pages of Sports Illustrated. But for all this iconography, Ravielli was a ghost. I figured out who he was for golfers who had known him but had no idea who he was. You can’t read it online, but you can buy individual issues or subscribe here.
Redefining the Green—Tom Doak is a genius in the world of golf architecture. You don't have to know anything about golf to appreciate the way he has bucked every trend in the business to create a brand and a legacy. Listed as a “notable” story in Best American Sports Writing 2018.
Keep Moving—Before they were shut down, SB Nation did some really great stuff. I was happy to profile an old friend. Too bad he's out of coaching now.
Ground Down—Shelley Duncan was my Crash Davis in the summer of 2013, a heady veteran whose days were numbered. He was candid and admirable in this short piece I wrote for the Bull City Summer Anthology and The Paris Review. Listed as “notable” in Best American Sports Writing 2014.