When it comes to American golf writers there is little doubt that, as Bing Crosby said, Herbert Warren Wind was the dean of them all. In this article by Furman Bisher for Sports Illustrated he talks of Wind’s personal relationship with Bobby Jones and his special connection to the The Masters.
There is a stateliness to the fabric of The Masters. Much of it has been the result eloquent descriptive writings of people like Wind who seared dramatic images into our memory banks of the golf contested at Augusta.
Bisher knew Herbert Warren Wind rather well, “He and I were, in our prime, course walkers, and there we came to know each better than we would have otherwise. We followed the game wherever our inkling took us, and there was no more inviting venue than Augusta National when the Masters was in play.”
Bisher pays the highest tribute to Wind when he says, “When one writer writes of another writer, such as Herbert Warren Wind, modesty comes easily. Envy is a professional response, and so it is that when I read Herb’s handiwork on golf, and golf at the Masters, I have read golf in its truest form.”
Furman Bisher, a columnist for the Atlanta Constitution, has been a “Masters Storyteller” as well, covering the event for 62 consecutive years with insightful prose until his passing in March of 2012.
In this tribute article in Sports Illustrated by Gary Van Sickle you can read a wonderful excerpt from a book Bisher wrote called “Augusta Revisited: An Intimate View”. It describes the atmosphere once the tournament is over and the award presentations are done. A delightful description of the remorse we feel when something eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed is over.
Reading this is a wonderful tribute to another gifted American writer who has entertained and educated us for over a half century with his writings on golf. For all those who follow golf his voice will be greatly missed.
Gary Van Sickle