URI Grad Rosaforte to Receive 2021 Memorial Golf Journalism Award

University of Rhode Island (URI) grad and legendary golf writer Tim Rosaforte has been named the recipient of the 2021 Memorial Golf Journalism Award. 

Jack Nicklaus called Rosaforte to inform him of the honor. 

Tim Rosaforte PHOTO: GWAA

“Tim has been a great friend for some 40 years. We first met at Oak Hill during 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 knew 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. He has been honored by many organizations and deservedly so, and 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,” said Nicklaus in a statement. 

This honor comes a couple of months after he was named an honorary member of the PGA of America. 

Rosaforte’s Career 

Rosaforte, now 65, covered the game of golf for almost four decades and worked at Golf Digest for over 20 years. 

After graduating from URI in 1977, he moved to Florida and started working for the Tampa Times. 

After that, he worked for the Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post. 

In 1993, he took a job at Sports Illustrated before joining Golf Digest in 1996. 

He eventually moved to TV where he worked for the USA Network’s “PGA Tour Sunday” in 2003 and then Golf Channel. 

In 2014, Rosaforte received the PGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.

Rosaforte retired in 2019.

Sadly, according to Golf Digest, Rosaforte is currently battling early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 

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