Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, it must be celebrated and shouted from the mountain tops. What am I speaking of? When good things happen to good people. Such is the case with Ron Green Jr. of The Global Golf Post and Charlotte Observer. Ron has covered and written about the game of golf in all its forms for more than 30 years. He’s covered more than 90 major championships as well as multiple Ryder and President’s Cup team events. On a personal note, Ron Green Jr. has been a regular guest on my golf radio show/podcast, “Taking Dead Aim” for the last eight years. I’ve learned so much from him. In fact, it was after booking him for the show this week that I came across this announcement.
Tremendous news. Ron Green Jr. (@RonGreenJr) was named recipient of the @PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. He will be honored April 5 at the GWAA Dinner in Augusta. His father, Ron Green Sr., won in 2006, making them the first father-son duo to be honored. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/5vCdMVGMS0— GWAA1946 (@gwaa1946) January 23, 2023
My first reaction was, “What?! Ron didn’t already have this on the resume?!” There’s not a better golf journalist. And as great as he is at that (obviously) he’s an even better person. One of the things I’ve always admired about Ron Green Jr. is that he followed his father, Ron Sr. into the profession. In fact, his father received this same award in 2006. They are the first father/son combination to accomplish this achievement. This is the equivalent of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To give this some perspective, think about all the fathers and sons who have both played professional sports. Some examples? In professional baseball there’s Bobby/Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Sr. & Jr. Pro football saw Archie Manning and two sons: Peyton and Eli Manning. Pro basketball has had several including Gerald Henderson Sr. & Jr., as well as Dell and Steph Curry. You know what all these have in common? NONE of these families have members of both generations in the Hall of Fame.
Congrats to Ron Green Jr. And I can’t imagine the pride Ron Sr. is feeling on this day as well.