Dan Jenkins, Legendary Sportswriter, Texas Icon and Bestselling Novelist, Dies at 89

Dan Jenkins, a legendary sportswriter and Texas icon who wrote 23 books, including the runaway bestseller Semi-Tough, died Thursday. He was 89.Born in Fort Worth, Jenkins graduated from Paschal High School and Texas Christian University, where he played on the golf team. He was passionate about golf, which he covered for Sports Illustrated. He worked for more than a quarter-century at the New York magazine, where he also covered college football. Jenkins' love of golf extended to friendships with some of the game's greatest, such as Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Like those men, Jenkins is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.His passion for golf was so great, he prided himself on attending the Masters tournament in Georgia every year going back decades, including last year. He once told Golf Digest that all he ever wanted to be was a sportswriter, a dream he had as far back as "9 or 10 years old." "If you grew up in Texas, and you're not a sports fan," he said, "they'll drown you."In the Golf Digest interview, Jenkins vowed never to retire. "I'll be carried out," he said. "I hope I'm at the typewriter when it happens. Or the computer. I love doing this, as long as somebody will pay me to do it."   Continue reading...

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