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PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism Goes to USF Alum


Writer Jaime Diaz ’75 recently won the 2012 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism after nearly three decades covering sports for some of the nation’s most prestigious publications.

The San Francisco native earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco, where he also played for the men’s golf team all four years.

“I’m one of the lucky people who has been able to do what he’s loved for a living,” Diaz said.

In March, Diaz became editor-in-chief of the weekly Golf World magazine. He has been writing for Golf Digest and Golf World since 2001. In 30 years writing about golf, Diaz has covered more than 100 major championships. He previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, where he launched the Golf Plus section. Before that, Diaz covered golf for the New York Times. He started in newspapers working as a copy boy at the Oakland Tribune in the 1970s.

He is a six-time winner of the Golf Writers Association of America writing contest. “My heroes, even more than the golfers, have been the journalists whose work continues to both humble and inspire me,” Diaz said. “Following them has been an honor, and following many of them as a recipient of this award has been the biggest honor of all.”

Diaz collaborated with golf coach Hank Haney on “The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods,” which was published in March and quickly climbed to No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. 

He is the author of the book “An Enduring Passion: The Legends and Lore of Golf” and the co-author of “Hallowed Ground: Golf’s Greatest Places,” “Elements of Scoring: A Master’s Guide to Playing Your Best When You’re Not Playing Your Best,” and “The World Golf Hall of Fame.”

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