About the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association
Paul Dillon, 1934 - 2021
We’re saddened to report the passing of Paul R. Dillon on Tuesday, July 20th at the age of 86. Paul was the recipient of the 2003 MGWA Distinguished Service Award, and was a talented artist who painted the portraits of numerous MGWA Gold Tee Award winners as well as many of golf’s other notable players. Samples of his work are here on the MGWA website under the Awards Dinner tab in a section entitled, "Dillon Portrait Gallery of Award Winners."
Paul Dillon was also a past President of the MGA and received their 2010 Distinguished Service Award. He was deeply involved with the Westchester Golf Association as well as their Caddie Scholarship Fund, serving as the CSF's President from 1997-2001, and he remained an active Director on their Board following his presidency. He also served as the Fordham University men's golf coach for 22 years and was voted the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2004.
Paul’s impact on Met-area golf was far-reaching, and in recognition of that, the MGWA is making plans for a tribute to his legacy in the golf community.
We pass along our thoughts and prayers to the Dillon family. Paul was a good friend and inspiration to so many of us, and he will be greatly missed.
The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association
Since 1952, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association has celebrated the great game of golf by honoring the outstanding players, contributors, clubs and organizations that have done so much for the sport. These initiatives are realized each year at the MGWA’s National Awards Dinner, and we are proud to say that ours is the longest-running and often the largest golf dinner in the United States. The MGWA National Awards Dinner has raised millions of dollars for the Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester Caddie Scholarship programs; the MGA Foundation; the Dave Marr Memorial Scholarship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and other worthy golf-supported causes. MGWA contributions from the 2019 Dinner helped fund scholarships for over 650 young men and women in the New York metropolitan area during the 2019-2020 academic year.
At each dinner the MGWA recognizes golf’s greatest players, contributors and organizations. The Gold Tee Award, its highest honor, has been presented to such luminaries as Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Patty Berg, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Charlie Sifford, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els. Recent honorees include Fred Couples (2014), Nick Price (2015), Davis Love III (2016), Mark O'Meara (2017) and Padraig Harrington (2018). In May 2019, the Gold Tee Award was presented to Jim Furyk.
Many of the sport’s top journalists and commentators have been MGWA members. Lincoln Werden, the golf writer for The New York Times during the 1950s and 1960s, was the organization’s first president. Other members, both past and present, include Dave Anderson, Guido Cribari, Will Grimsley, Arthur (Red) Hoffman, Al Laney, Dave Marr, Jim Nantz, Jimmy Roberts, Nick Seitz and Jack Whitaker. Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist of The New York Times, was a long-time member of the MGWA’s Board of Directors.