Michael Bamberger, a Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of several acclaimed books on golf, has been chosen by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) as the latest recipient of its Donald Ross Award.
The award, named for the legendary designer of Pinehurst No. 2, is given annually to “a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture,” and Bamberger certainly fits the bill. Often called the “poet laureate of golf,” his writing on the ancient game is as breezy as it is beautiful and always leaves an lasting impression.
In addition to penning hundreds of columns for Sports Illustrated, GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com since joining the SI staff in 1995, Bamberger has also authored seven books — six works of nonfiction, most recently the instant New York Times bestseller Men in Green, and one novel, The Swinger, coauthored with fellow SI senior writer Alan Shipnuck.
“Almost every golf fan over the past 30 years has read and been impacted by Michael’s writing, in newspapers, on the pages of Sports Illustrated, on the web or in his books,” said ASGCA President Steve Smyers. “He brings his readers to the places they want to go — from major championships to traveling along on the European Tour — and shows them unique views of the golf world they might not otherwise experience. Michael’s keen observations about the game provide the casual golfer a greater understanding of the art of the game.”
Bamberger, who lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children, joins an impressive roster of honorees that includes golfing legends (Jack Nicklaus) architects (Robert Trent Jones) and other writers (Herbert Warren Wind).