Carolinas Golf Foundation

Addison 'Add' Penfield

1998

Broadcasting

Add Penfield roots in golf broadcasting likely developed the day he interviewed Sam Snead and Ben Hogan in Pinehurst. He was interning at WPTF Radio in Raleigh and a Duke University student at the time. From his Duke days in the late 1930 into the new millennium, his association with sports was unwavering and highlighted by accomplishments. A native of Meriden, Connecticut, his career embraced football, baseball, and basketball, among other sports, with a distinguished longevity as a broadcaster, writer, and publicist.

 

But it was in golf that his professional participation endured. His voice was familiar to golf fans tuned into broadcasts of the Greensboro Open from 1953 into the 1990 and of the Vantage Championship from its beginning. His live coverage, as well as analysis and general reporting, included the Masters. He was working when Ben Hogan donned the green jacket in 1953 and was on hand that fateful day in 1968 when Roberto DiVicenzo singed and incorrect scorecard.  His dedication to golf never waned. He continued staging tournaments for charitable causes and promoting the sport in general well into his 80s from his home in Asheboro. A charter member of the Carolinas Golf Reporters Association, he was later honored with a lifetime membership.

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