Tim Rosaforte is used to letting golf legend Jack Nicklaus know he has won another award.
Not this time.
Nicklaus recently called Rosaforte to tell him he will be the recipient of next year’s Memorial Golf Journalism Award. The award was created to honor journalists who served their profession with conspicuous honor and made a major contribution and impact on golf journalism.
“It’s pretty surreal to have Jack call to tell you that you’ve won an award like that,” Rosaforte said. “I’ve known Jack for a long time, and it was an emotional moment. It means a lot to be honored at Jack’s tournament.”
Rosaforte, a longtime Jupiter resident, was one of golf’s original “insiders” during his four-decade career that included stops at the Palm Beach Post, Sports Illustrated and Golf World. The 65-year-old retired from the Golf Channel a year ago because he has early-onset Alzheimer’s.
“Tim has been a great friend for some 40 years,” Nicklaus said. “We first met at Oak Hill at the 1980 PGA Championship, and our paths have crossed countless times since. Tim is also one of this generation’s great golf journalists.
“He has developed relationships and trust from so many in the game, and you always know that if there was an important story to be told in golf, Tim was going to be the first call you received and usually the first one to report it.”
The award will be presented to Rosaforte the Wednesday (June 2) of next year’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. This year’s ceremony, which would have honored CBS announcer Jim Nantz as winner of the Memorial Journalism Award, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. That means Nantz and Rosaforte will both be honored next year, if the pandemic subsides.
“That will be so special,” Nantz said. “I am so happy for Tim and his family.”
Nantz reached out to Rosaforte this fall when he learned of his health issues and invited him to the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston. After Nantz’s father died from the disease, Nantz helped created NNAC in 2011. It has treated thousands of Alzheimer’s patients every year.
“To share the stage with someone like Jim Nantz is amazing,” Rosaforte said. “Jim truly is one of the great guys in this business.”
In late October, Rosaforte became the first journalist – and the 12th person overall – to receive Honorary Membership in the PGA of America. Rosaforte also received the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in 2014.
“Tim has been honored by so many organizations and deservedly so,” Nicklaus said. “Barbara and I are delighted that the Committee selected Tim, and that our tournament now has the opportunity to pay tribute to Tim and his wonderful career.”
Former Atlantis resident Rhonda Glenn received the Memorial Golf Journalism Award in 2014.
Memorial Golf Journalism Award
1982 – Bernard Darwin, Herb Graffis, O.B. Keeler, Henry Longhurst, Grantland Rice
1983 – Charles A. Bartlett, Pat Ward-Thomas
1984 – Tom Scott, Herbert Warren Wind
1985 – Charles Price
1986 – Will Grimsley
1987 – Leonard Crawley
1988 – Bob Harlow
1989 – William D. Richardson
1990 – Percy Huggins
1991 – Dick Taylor
1992 – Jack Whitaker
1993 – Peter Dobereiner
1994 – Dan Jenkins
1995 – Jim Murray
1996 – Bob Green
1997 – Furman Bisher
1998 – Michael Williams
1999 – Bob Drum, Ronald Heager, Peter Ryde, Lincoln A. Werden
2000 – Dave Anderson, Renton Laidlaw, Nick Seitz
2001 – Leonard Kamsler, Michael McDonnell, Tom Ramsey, Robert Sommers
2002 – Kaye Kessler
2003 – Al Barkow
2004 – Marino Parascenzo
2005 – Jim McKay
2006 – Sadao Iwata
2007 – Frank Chirkinian
2008 – Ken Bowden
2009 – David “Dai” Davies, Tom Place
2010 – Ron Green Sr.
2011 – Art Spander
2012 – Bob Verdi
2013 – Dave Kindred
2014 – Jaime Diaz
2015 – Donald “Doc” Giffin
2016 – John Garrity, Rhonda Glenn
2017 – Jerry Tarde
2018 – Ron Balicki, Larry Dorman
2019 – Peter Alliss
2020 – Jim Nantz
2021 – Tim Rosaforte
original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2020/12/15/tim-rosaforte-memorial-golf-journalism-award-jack-nicklaus/