FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 5, 2018) – The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that award-winning sportswriter and best-selling novelist Dan Jenkins will be the featured guest at the 2018 banquet for the Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta).
“We are elated to announce that Dan will be joining us as our featured guest in May,” Hogan Trophy Award Foundation Co-Chairmen Dr. Wally Schmuck and Dr. Bill Barnes said in a statement. “He is a Fort Worth and national legend, and is always a must-listen any time he speaks.”
Jenkins’ writing career spans more than six decades. He has covered more than 200 major golf championships, with his first coming in 1951 when fellow Fort Worth native Ben Hogan won the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills.
To date, Jenkins is the author of 23 books—12 novels and 11 works of non-fiction. Three of his best-selling novels—Semi-Tough, Dead Solid Perfect, and Baja Oklahoma—have been made into movies.
After 15 years of writing for newspapers, the Fort Worth Press and Dallas Times Herald, Jenkins became nationally known for his stories in Sports Illustrated for more than a quarter of a century. He later had a five-year stint of writing a sports column for Playboy, and since then has penned columns and features in Golf Digest.
Jenkins is one of only three sportswriters to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the TCU Lettermen’s Hall of Fame.
For a lifetime of excellence in his profession, Jenkins has received the Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association, the Ring Lardner Award from the Union League of Chicago, the PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing, the lifetime achievement award in sports journalism from the PGA of America, the William D. Richardson Award for outstanding contributions to the game from the Golf Writers Association of America, the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Lincoln A. Werden Memorial Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association for a lifetime of contributions to golf journalism, and the Amateur Football Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition, the football press box at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium is named after Jenkins, and the University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication annually awards the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting.
The list of previous featured guests at the Ben Hogan Award banquet includes Lance Barrow, Brandel Chamblee, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Devlin, Peter Kostis, Tom Lehman, Bruce Lietzke, Jim Nantz, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Pat Summerall, Ken Venturi and Lanny Wadkins.
The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include seven golfers currently ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Gold Rankings—Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Kyle Stanley, Peter Uihlein, Bill Haas and Ryan Moore.
The 2018 Ben Hogan Award banquet will take place at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 21. To purchase tickets, call (817) 927-4280.