Fort Worth resident Dan Jenkins, a renowned author and award-winning journalist, will be enshrined as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Jenkins, 82, will join the 2012 class in the Lifetime Achievement Category, officials announced today. Jenkins will be formally inducted along with Phil Mickelson and Hollis Stacy, fellow members of the 2012 class, on May 7, 2012 in St. Augustine, Fla. Hall of Fame officials will announce the final member of the 2012 class on Thursday.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem took part in today’s teleconference to announce Jenkins’ addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Finchem said Jenkins “has been a vital part of the game for more than 60 years” through his books and stories for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and _ in the beginning _ the Fort Worth Press, where Jenkins chronicled the exploits of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson in the 1950s.
Hogan and Nelson, who learned the game as teenage caddies while working at Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth, combined to win 14 major championships as professional golfers during their Hall of Fame careers (nine by Hogan, five by Nelson).
A graduate of TCU and Paschal High School, Jenkins played golf at TCU and received the 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the PGA of America.
“As a native of Fort Worth, … I’m extremely proud to keep following Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson somewhere,” Jenkins said. “Not only with my golf game, but with my typewriter.”
_ Jimmy Burch