(The following edited content was supplied by the PGA in a news release.)
“Tim Rosaforte is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted sources in all of golf. It is no mistake that he always seems to have the story first,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “His attention to detail when reporting makes him one of the most credible people in sports. No one delivers the close-up insight on the various personalities in golf like Tim, and it is with great pleasure that we recognize him with the 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.”
Rosaforte is the 25th recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, which honors members of the media for their steadfast promotion of golf, both locally and nationally.
“I’d like to think I haven’t peaked yet and thanks to Golf Digest and Golf Channel, I have platforms to continue writing and reporting on television at the two most respected voices in golf media,” said Rosaforte, a native of Brewster, N.Y. “It’s all about telling a story, whether it’s 15 seconds on TV or in 2,000 printed words. I’ve found the two careers complement each other.”
From Football to Journalism
The son of a mechanic for the highway department in Bedford, N.Y., Rosaforte received discarded wooden clubs from his father and later took lessons at age 6 from a caddie with an inspirational name, Billy Graham. Rosaforte excelled in football and baseball in high school and attended the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) before transferring his junior year to the University of Rhode Island, where he started his senior season as an outside linebacker and on special teams. He was a two-time member of the dean’s list and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1977.
Rosaforte credited Wilbur Doctor, a former Providence (R.I.) Journal editor turned University of Rhode Island professor, who was “as blunt as any position coach in football,” for “turning me around in my attempt to build a writing career.”
Taking Up Golf
Rosaforte’s journalism career began with the former Tampa Times in 1977, where he was mentored by Tampa Tribune Sports Editor Tom McEwen. “Tom recommended that I start playing golf to help my work because, he said, ‘You can learn far more about someone in a span of five hours on a course,’” Rosaforte said. “That was an epiphany for me.”
Rosaforte began to find his stride as a reporter, working from 1981-87 at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1987-93; and on to Sports Illustrated from 1994-96. While at Sports Illustrated, Rosaforte served as president of the GWAA. Rosaforte joined Golf Digest in 1996, and has since blended his work between the parent magazine and as a senior writer for Golf World.
In 2007, Rosaforte joined Golf Channel, and is a contributor to NBC’s PGA Tour coverage. Rosaforte has won more than 40 writing awards, including a GWAA “Grand Slam” for first-place magazine coverage in features, columns, event coverage and special projects.
By his count, Rosaforte has covered 124 major championships, and missed only one Ryder Cup since 1983. Rosaforte has written five books: “The PGA Tour” (1990); “Heartbreak Hill: Anatomy of a Ryder Cup” (1996); “Tiger Woods: The Makings of a Champion” (1997); “World Golf Hall of Fame Yearbook” (with Jaime Diaz, 1998); and “Raising the Bar: The Championship Years of Tiger Woods” (2000).
Rosaforte and his wife, Genevieve, live in Jupiter, Fla., and are parents of daughters, Genna and Molly.
PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism Recipients
1991 Dick Taylor / 1992 Herbert Warren Wind / 1993 Jim Murray / 1994 Frank Chirkinian/Bob Green / 1995 Dan Jenkins / 1996 Furman Bisher / 1997 Jack Whitaker / 1998 Dave Anderson / 1999 Ken Venturi / 2000 Jim McKay / 2001 Kaye Kessler / 2002 Nick Seitz / 2003 Renton Laidlaw / 2004 Bob Verdi / 2005 Al Barkow / 2006 Ron Green Sr. / 2007 Jack Berry / 2008 Marino Parascenzo / 2009 Art Spander / 2010 Dave Kindred / 2011 Jerry Tarde / 2012 Jaime Diaz / 2013 John Hopkins / 2014 Tim Rosaforte