Jim Herre and Alan Shipnuck
This is an article from the April 8, 2003 issue
Jim Herre (left) is the Dana Quigley of Golf Plus; since taking
over the franchise in 1995, SI's iron man has missed only one
issue. "And I know it's around here somewhere," Herre says. Since
the fall of 2001 senior writer Alan Shipnuck, 29, has been
working alongside Herre as an editor in New York, helping to
shape GOLF PLUS as well as writing THE WEEK (page 75). Shipnuck
is at work on a book about the Augusta National controversy.
Senior writer John Garrity first began taking notes on Tom Watson
at the 1964 Missouri Amateur, when Watson was a 15-year-old
prodigy from their shared hometown of Kansas City, and Garrity,
17 at the time, was caddying for his older brother, Tom.
Garrity's long relationship with Watson informs his moving piece
about the Hall of Famer and his caddie, Bruce Edwards, who after
28 years is still on Watson's bag, despite learning he had Lou
Gehrig's disease in January (page 60).
As a resident of Louisville, Colo., Kate Meyers is no stranger to
snow, and she put her expertise on skis to good use while
profiling David Duval (page 54). "He goes all out--an 11 on the
Spinal Tap scale," says Meyers, with daughters Emmy Lou (left)
Hoping to take the pulse of Augusta as it experiences an acute
case of pre-Masters anxiety (page 24), Denver-based journalist
William Gallo returned for his second extended stay in Georgia's
Garden City. Gallo made his Golf Plus debut in April 1996 with
"Portraits of Augusta," an examination of the city's conflicted
feelings toward the Masters.
Gary Van Sickle
Senior writer Gary Van Sickle shows off his versatility in this
issue, with an account of the action at last week's Players
Championship (page 10) and another of his brain-teaser quizzes
(page 51). It should also be noted that Van Sickle, with a one
handicap, is the best golfer on the SI staff. "Which is like
being the world's tallest midget," he says.
It's a long way from the NFC Central to Dubai, but
writer-reporter Josh Elliott, 31, made the trip to profile Ernie
Els (page 44). "I approached Ernie about an interview at the
Match Play in Carlsbad [Calif.]," says Elliott, who has been on
the NFL beat for three years, "and he said, 'No problem, just
meet me in Dubai.' I don't think he thought I'd actually do it.
When Ernie saw me over there, he just laughed and said, 'Glad you
made it, mate.' Randy Moss has never been so cordial."
Curt Sampson's 1996 best-seller, Hogan, apparently hit too close
to home in capturing the legendary golfer, as Ben Hogan's widow,
Valerie, called the Ennis, Texas, author "a failed golf pro
trying to bring a great man down." Undaunted, Sampson (with
Hogan, to Sampson's right, and Sam Snead in 1990) takes another
hard look at Bantam Ben (page 68) in the first of three
installments celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hogan's greatest
To produce an exhaustive (and exhausting to compile) timeline on
the debate over Augusta National's membership policy (page 24),
reporter Yi-Wyn Yen, 28, waded through "at least a million"
newspaper articles. "After this I deserve a Ph.D. in
Hootie-ology," she says.
Illustrator Drew Friedman takes a witty look at the players in
this year's Masters drama (page 22), and he particularly enjoyed
drawing the poodles of Klansman J.J. Harper in his Augusta
tableau, as Friedman and his wife, Kathy, raise champion beagles
at home in Pennsylvania. An exercise for scandalmongers: Try to
identify the other newsmakers depicted before peeking at the
captions at the bottom of the page.