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A Golf Channel introduction

Ryan Lavner
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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05: Luke Donald of England lines up his putt on the first green during the final round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 5, 2009 in St.Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

So after 2 ½ years at Golfweek, this is my new home. Here, my desk is a bit larger, the iPhone slightly newer and the security card … well, let’s just say I now must show ID before entering the newsroom.

Sure, the font used here on is different, but the words typed largely will remain the same. If Tiger Woods resumes his ascent up Mount Nicklaus, you’ll find it here. If the new PGA Tour Q-School becomes an unmitigated disaster, you’ll find it here. If a bevy of top-10 college players bolt early for the pro ranks, you’ll find it here. If 14-year-old Andy Zhang morphs into the next junior world-beater, you’ll find it here, too. Hopefully there is something for everyone.

As a writer for Golfweek, I was there when Bubba, Keegan and Webb won their first majors, when Texas clipped Alabama at an epic NCAA Championship, when Jordan Spieth captured his second U.S. Junior title. I tagged along with an emotional Jarrod Lyle when he visited the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. I dodged a tornado while on my way to see top prospect Cody Proveaux in the backwoods of South Carolina. I survived a six-day, golf-and-food bender for a travel story on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This journey will prove no less adventurous. Life as a sportswriter has its perks, I guess.

When writing for this space I hope to inform and entertain -- the way the best in our biz do -- as this grand game continues to evolve.

So, light up the comments section below. Tweet at me (@RyanLavnerGC). Send me an email (

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