Former T-R sports editor to enter Iowa Golf’s Hall

ANKENY – The Iowa Golf Association on Wednesday announced that Marshalltown native Larry Dennis has been named to the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. He joins another Marshalltown golfer, Joe August, longtime Elmwood Country Club golf professional, who was elected as a charter member in 1989 and Marshalltown amateur John Liechty, a multiple winner of Iowa Golf Association state championships.

Dennis, a noted golf writer, editor and publisher also wrote and directed the Bob Toski television series on NBC, worked extensively with the Golf Digest golf schools and has collaborated with several professional golfers in writing books about golf and golf instruction. Dennis also has served as a writing contest judge for the IGA, the Golf Writers Association and the Iowa Newspaper Association, as well as writing for various national publications, including Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf World and The Sporting News.

Along with Dennis, the IGA elected John Bermel, the University of Northern Iowa golf coach, Fort Dodge attorney and long-time contributor to Iowa golf Dave Sergeant and Norman Westfall, an award-winning greens superintendent to its Iowa Golf Hall of Fame.

Among those with whom Dennis has collaborated on a “With Larry Dennis” basis are Tom Kite, Ray Floyd, Al Geiberger, Peter Kostis and Byron Nelson and has edited books by Jack Nicklaus, Jimmy Ballard and the late Seve Bellesteros.

Dennis began his writing career after graduating from the University of Iowa, becoming the sports editor of the Marshalltown Times-Republican in 1957. From there, he left to become the assistant sports editor of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal.

Dennis then moved to Chicago where, after several years as managing editor of the Pioneer Press, a suburban newspaper chain, he took a job at Golf Digest. He worked his way through a series of editing positions before establishing his own company, freelancing, writing books, editing videos, doing public speaking, television and radio.

Golf has been a part of Dennis’ life since he played on Marshalltown High School’s first golf team, juggling the game with another spring sport, track. He graduated from MHS in 1951 and played on the Marshalltown Junior College state championship basketball team before graduating in 1953. Dennis served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and graduated from Iowa in 1957.

Dennis currently lives in Florida, mostly retired but, surgically-repaired hip willing, continues to play golf occasionally.