I became a golfer one summer day in 1960 when I was 12, and have been a big fan of the game ever since. I first remember seeing Jack Nicklaus play in person in 1963 at the Palm Springs Classic. I’ve watched the final round of all but three majors since 1960, and I own nearly every issue of Golf Digest and Golf Magazine dating back to mid 1962. In other words, I’m a golf nut just like you.
I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1970 with a major in business and an unofficial minor in pocket billiards. I enjoyed a 15 year long career in finance during which I was the editor of a stock market newsletter, a stockbroker, and a financial analyst. I was also a columnist for the Orange County Business Journal, and my first book, Investing in Growth, was published in 1992. In 1995 I left the financial services industry and started my own publishing company named Billiards Press. I’ve since written eight instructional books on pool and a column for Pool & Billiard Magazine since May, 1996.
All the while I remained a devoted golf fan. In 2001 Golf Digest conducted an essay contest on who is the greatest golfer, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods. As I look back, the moment I wrote my entry I was planting the seeds for a number of projects on golf, and for this blog. My first golf book, Tiger vs. Jack, has just been published, and I have many more in various stages of completion. I look forward to talking about golf on this blog, and I hope you will as well.