G-Mac, Duke, Glenn honored by U.S. Golf Writers

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Ken Duke, Rhonda Glenn and Graeme McDowell have been honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for their various contributions to the sport.

Duke won the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness (scoliosis). Duke, who still has a 16-inch metal rod attached to his spine, won his first PGA Tour event last summer at the Travelers Championship

Glenn, 67, was named the winner of the William D. Richardson Award for consistently making outstanding contributions to golf. For 47 years, she served in the communications department at the USGA. In 1981, she was the first full-time national TV network female sportscaster when she began broadcasting at ESPN. 

McDowell, meanwhile, won the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award for being accommodating to the media.

“I take my relationship with the media very seriously,” McDowell said. “I’m pretty honest to a fault at times. It’s very important to me. You guys give us exposure globally. You’re a very important cog in the whole golf – and sports – machine. It’s important – good, bad or ugly – to give you an idea of what’s going on in my head and with my game.”

Duke, Glenn and McDowell will be presented their honors April 9 at the annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga.