Ron Balicki’s Legacy
Ron Balicki, who passed away in March 2014 at age 65, covered the college and amateur game for Golfweek for more than 30 years. Writing was his passion, and he traveled to tournaments all over the globe tell the stories of the people who played in them. College coaches thought so highly of Ron that he was the first non-coach to be inducted into the Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame.
About the award
Writing was Ron’s passion for decades, and he earned several honors for his work. We’d like to honor his legacy with an annual scholarship that will help writers who have an interest in covering the college and amateur game to pursue their college aspirations. Winners will be named each spring at the NCAA Championship.
How can you help?
Ron Balicki touched many lives in his work, and he was a pillar in the golf community. In order to properly honor his legacy, we need to raise money. The Ron Balicki Scholarship fund is a 501-c3 non-profit, and all donations to the fund are 100 percent tax deductible.
Those wishing to donate with a check (payable to the Ron Balicki Scholarship Fund) can mail it to:
Ron Balicki Scholarship Fund
1225 West Main Street, Suite 110
Norman, OK 73069
Who can apply?
The Ron Balicki Scholarship will be awarded to young writers who have shown in interest in covering college and amateur golf and are pursuing a college journalism degree. Applicants will be asked to submit some clips of their work, as well as submit a 500-word essay that explains why he or she has an interest in writing about golf.
Golf's stars honor Balicki
From three-time NCAA champion Phil Mickelson, from Tiger Woods to Rickie Fowler, Ron Balicki covered all the big names who came through college golf. Many of those stars let their affection for Ron be known to the world upon his passing. Here are some of their emotional words.
Ron Balicki's work
Ron Balicki worked diligently at his craft. He wrote for newspapers before joining Golfweek magazine in 1983, where he wrote until his passing. Ron won many writing awards through the years, including the Golf Writers Association of America’s top honor for Best Column for a piece he wrote on Scotland’s Barclay Howard at the 1997 U.S. Amateur. Please enjoy some of his work.