JERRY TARDE, THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of Golf Digest, is the winner of the 2011 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Tarde, who will pick up the award at the Golf Writers Association of America annual dinner in Augusta during Masters week, is the first editor to receive the honor.
“We are long overdue to raise a toast to editors, those individuals who have toiled for generations to make writers look that much better,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.
Tarde has been a fixture at Golf Digest since an internship that began in 1977, or 33 years and seven months, according to his Linkedin profile. He told the PGA of America that he decided he wanted to be the editor of Golf Digest at the age of 16. In 1984, at the youthful age of 28, Tarde achieved his goal and has been a working editor ever since.
“I’m just an editor,” he said, “one of the guys back in the office who screws up good copy and sticks headlines on stories that writers have to apologize for. Occasionally we get it right.”
Tarde is the 22nd recipient of the award and the fifth connected to Golf Digest, which has a circulation of 1.65 million readers.
−The Armchair Golfer