USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award

The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award honors outstanding contributions to golf literature. (USGA/John Mummert)

Established in 1987, the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature. Named for the famed 20th-century American golf writer, the award acknowledges and encourages outstanding research, writing and publishing about golf. Presented by the USGA Golf Museum, the Book Award is the top literary prize awarded by the USGA.

Donald Steele's biography of Sir Michael Bonallack was the winner for 2018.

The USGA is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. To be eligible, a book must be an original full-length work about golf, written in English, and must have been published between November 2018 and October 2019. For more information, contact Hilary Cronheim at the USGA Golf Museum at museum@usga.org

USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award Winners

1987 — Al Barkow, "Gettin' to the Dance Floor"
1989 — Phil Pilley, "Golfing Art"
1990 — Robert Trent Jones Sr., with Larry Dennis, "Golf's Magnificent Challenge"
1991 — Bobby Burnet, "The St. Andrews Opens"
1992 — Rhonda Glenn, "The Illustrated History of Women's Golf"
No award was given in 1988 or from 1993-96
1997 — Davis Love III, "Every Shot I Take"
1998 — Lawrence Donegan, "Maybe I Should Have Been a Three-Iron"
1999 — David Owen, "The Making of the Masters: Clifford Roberts, Augusta National and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament"
2000 — Stephen Lowe, "Sir Walter and Mr. Jones"
2001 — Bradley S. Klein, "Discovering Donald Ross: The Architect and His Golf Courses"
2002 — Mark Frost, "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
2003 — Phil Pilley, "Heather and Heaven"
2004 — James Dodson, "Ben Hogan: An American Life"
2005 — John Strege, "When War Played Through: Golf During World War II"
2006 — James W. Finegan, "Where Golf is Great: The Finest Courses of Scotland and Ireland"
2007 — Kevin Cook, "Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son"
2008 — David Malcom and Peter E. Crabtree, "Tom Morris of St. Andrews:  The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908"
2009 — John de St. Jorre, "The Story of Golf at The Country Club"
2010 — David Barrett, "Miracle at Merion: The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan's Amazing Comeback and Victory in the 1950 U.S. Open
2011 — Don Van Natta Jr., "Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias"
2012 — James Dodson, "American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Modern Age of Golf"
2013 — Jeff Silverman, "Merion: The Championship Story"
2014 — James R. Hansen, "A Difficult Par"
2015 — Roger McStravick, "St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris"
2016 — Kevin Robbins, "Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf"; Peter Lewis, "Why Are Their 18 Holes?"
2017 — Dr. Lane Demas, "Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf"
2018 — Donald Steele, "Par Excellence: The Biograghy of Sir Michael Bonallack, OBE"