About The Contributors
Andy Farrell has written for the Rolex World of Professional Golf Annual since 1993 and became editor in 2020. He has been editor of the R&A’s Open Annual since 2014, having first written for the publication in 1996. After joining Golf Weekly in 1990, he was later golf correspondent of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday 1996-2005.
Writer, Nearly every year!
Doc’s golf writing career began in the mid-1950s when I was working in the sports department of the Pittsburgh Press, an afternoon newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1962 to 1966, I worked on the pro golf tour for the PGA of America as the tour’s lone traveling press secretary, responsible at each tournament for media relations that included various writing and reporting assignments. In 1966, I was hired as the personal assistant to Arnold Palmer.
One of the provisions of my employment was to write for the first and subsequent editions of the golf annual Mark McCormack was launching that year. I have been involved in varying degrees in writing various chapters and preparing some of the statistical portions of the annual ever since, in more recent years handling the chapters on the various Japanese tours and the European Senior (now Staysure) Tour, which, as you know, is not being held this year because of the pandemic.
Of interest, in the 1970s, I worked with Mark in the creation for the book of what was to grow into today’s very important World Golf Rankings. I wrote and ghosted numerous magazine articles during my 50 years with Arnold Palmer and in my recent retirement years have authored several articles for Kingdom Magazine and a forthcoming Arnold Palmer book.
Writer, The Year In Retrospect
Doug Ferguson, the national golf writer for The Associated Press, has written the Year in Retrospect for the annual World of Professional Golf since 2005. He has been the lead golf writer for the world’s largest news agency since 1998 and has covered more than 550 tournaments and 94 consecutive majors dating to 1996. He received the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism in 2019.
Marino Parascenzo covered practically every sport as a sportswriter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and all the rest. But it was golf, he said, a maddening game that nobody could control, that lit up the days. He’s been a correspondent for the Mark McCormack book since the early 1980s.
Lewine Mair is a Senior Writer with Global Golf Post who writes about a variety of events – men’s and women’s – in Europe and the Middle and Far East. Mair covered golf, tennis and a variety of other sports for the Daily Telegraph before becoming that paper’s Golf Correspondent for twelve years. She has twice featured on the shortlist for the British Sports Writer of the Year and has been a runner-up in the American Golf Writers’ News award. She has also won the Rolex award for her coverage of women’s golf.
Sarah has been involved with the book since 1966 and even typed up some of the first book!