Jimmy Roberts 2023. Photo courtesy of the MGWA
Westchester resident Jimmy Roberts will be recognized for his outstanding golf journalism in Briarcliff Manor this October.
Westchester’s own Jimmy Roberts has been chosen to receive the Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. The prestigious award will be presented at the organization’s 71st National Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 11 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor.
Roberts, a 14-time Emmy Award winner, was born in White Plains, where he began his journalism career writing columns for the high school newspaper. Following graduation from the University of Maryland, he became a staff reporter for the Westchester/Rockland newspapers. His career followed a meteoric rise in the sports world as a writer/feature producer on ABC’s SportsBeat with Howard Cosell and later as an assignment editor and producer for ABC News. He moved to ESPN, where he was a co-originator of the popular series, “Outside the Lines,” and worked on “Sports Center,” where he covered just about every major event in the sporting world, including Superbowls, NBA Championships, World Series, Heavyweight Championship fights and the Olympics.
Roberts joined NBC in 2000, where he currently covers the PGA Tour and other golf events including the Ryder Cup for both the network and the Golf Channel. He is also a mainstay of NBC’s Olympic Games coverage.
The MGWA’s Lincoln Werden Journalism Award is presented to a writer, broadcaster, photographer, artist, or other individual for outstanding contributions in the field of golf journalism. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include notable correspondents Jim McKay, Peter Alliss, Chris Schenkel and Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Anderson. Recent recipients include Jaime Diaz (2017), Hank Gola (2018), Larry Dorman (2019) and Johnny Miller (2020-21). Last year’s recipient was noted New York Post sports reporter Mark Cannizzaro.
“I cannot think of a candidate more deserving of the Lincoln Werden Award,” says MGWA President Brian Crowell. “Jimmy’s work is always insightful, well-researched and entertaining. Golf may be a particular strength, but he has been the voice of countless memorable stories in sport…and no one tells a story better than Jimmy. The MGWA is proud to honor Jimmy Roberts.”
Among others who will be celebrated at the MGWA dinner are 2023 Gold Tee honoree Larry Nelson, Gil Hanse (Paul Dillon Distinguished Service Award), Julio Ugaz (Mary Bea Porter Award), and the Young family (Cameron, David and Barbara), this year’s MGWA Family of the Year.
The MGWA dinner has raised millions of dollars for the association’s beneficiaries, which include Caddie Scholarship programs in the Metropolitan New York area, the MGA Foundation, and the Dave Marr Journalism Scholarship at Columbia University.