Book Award Renamed

A nice move by the USGA...


Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association has announced that its top literary prize, previously known as the USGA International Book Award, will be renamed in honor of famed writer Herbert Warren Wind.

The Award, which will henceforth be known as the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, was established in 1987 to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to golf literature while attempting to broaden the public’s interest and knowledge of the game of golf. The Award is presented annually by the USGA Museum and Library Committee.

Wind, who passed away in May of 2005, is the only writer to win the USGA’s highest honor, the Bob Jones Award. He received the honor in 1995, during the Association’s centennial celebration. For nearly 30 years he was a volunteer on two USGA committees dedicated to celebrating the best values of the game: the Bob Jones Award Committee and the Museum and Library Committee. His portrait hangs in the UGSA Library, where one can also find his 14 books, countless essays and articles, and numerous introductions to reproductions of the classic literature of the game. He was a long-time essayist for both The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. Among his many contributions to golf, he is credited with naming “Amen Corner” at Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters Tournament.
The first winner of the USGA Book Award was Al Barkow’s Gettin’ to the Dance Floor in 1987, and the most recent recipient was John Strege, for When War Played Through: Golf During World War II.