Bill Fields Garners PGA Honor
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (February 4, 2020) -- Bill Fields, a columnist and contributor to The Met Golfer whose versatile storytelling talent was a staple of Golf World magazine for more than two decades, has been named the recipient of the 2020 PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.
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Fields, 60 and a resident of Fairfield, Conn., is the 31st recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, which recognizes members of the media for their steadfast promotion of golf. Fields’ work spans 109 men’s major championships, eight Ryder Cups, more than 60 women’s and PGA Tour Champions majors, and more than 800 Golf World issues.
Fields was an associate editor for Golf World (1984-86), a senior editor and staff photographer for Golf Illustrated (1986-91), and a freelance photographer (1991-93), with frequent contributions to Golf World and Golf Digest. He rejoined Golf World full-time in September 1993 and remained senior editor through July 2014.
Fields follows former Golf World writers Dick Taylor (1991), Bob Verdi (2004), Jaime Diaz (2012), Tim Rosaforte (2014) and Ron Sirak (2015) as recipients of the award.
“It’s humbling and an honor to join those writers, broadcasters and editors who have previously received this award,” said Fields. “I’ve been lucky to work in this industry. Those of us who have done this for a long time, take a lot of pride in it. You try to tell the best stories you can about the events and the golfers playing in them.”
A board member of the Golf Writers Association of America and Metropolitan Golf Writers Association, Fields has won four GWAA first-place writing awards (1986, ’91, 2003, ’07) and more than a dozen second- and third-place honors. He authored an anthology, “Arnie, Seve and a Fleck of Golf History” (2014), and in 1993, collaborated with Dr. Richard Coop for “Mind Over Golf.” His photo of Larry Mize winning the 1987 Masters was selected as the cover image of “Best Sports Stories 1988.”
Since Golf World ended print publication in 2014, Fields has contributed stories to the New York Times, The Met Golfer, Golf World (U.K.) Masters Journal, PineStraw magazine, PGA Magazine, golfdigest.com, USGA.org, Masters.com; MorningRead.com and PGATour.com. Fields has been a contributing researcher for NBC/Golf Channel tournament broadcasts since late 2017.
Fields will be honored on April 8 at the ISPS HANDA 48th Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) Awards Dinner at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Augusta, Georgia.