Introducing the Ron Balicki Scholarship, awarded to aspiring journalists who want to tell college golf's finest stories.

“I feel proud. I feel my work has had value. I feel I've made a difference. And it feels really good.”

– Ron Balicki, told to his wife, Debbie, shortly before his death in March 2014

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.

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.