Reading through this inaugural Jobs Issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GOLF+, I was struck by one thing: Every man and woman featured in the pages that follow truly enjoys working in the golf industry. Sometimes during this time of hand-wringing over the economy and the future of the game, those of us fortunate enough to be part of golf's two million strong U.S. workforce lose sight of that simple fact. So, to me, the Jobs Issue is not about work as much as it is a celebration of the game we love.
You might also notice several new bylines in the issue. The names Connell Barrett, Alan Bastable, Jessica Marksbury, Josh Sens and Mike Walker, as well as art director Paul Crawford, can be found every month in GOLF MAGAZINE, our SI Golf Group stablemate, but they were keen to help out with the Jobs Issue. "Working for SIGOLF+ was, pardon the expression, a labor of love," says Barrett, who in addition to writing about his experience as a member of the grounds crew at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. (page 46), joined SI photo editor Miriam Marseu in coordinating and editing the 13 writers and 17 photographers who contributed to the issue. "It was a fun change of pace to spotlight some of the unheralded people—plus a few big names—who love golf so much that they made it their profession." Barrett's favorite subject? Irish golf instructor Denise Doyle (page 32), who teaches in Nepal. "Her job captures the essence of the issue," says Barrett. "Many teachers go the extra mile for their students. She went 7,000, volunteering to teach poor kids on hardscrabble courses in the Himalayas. You don't get more passionate about your job than that."
JAMES P. HERRE,
Managing Editor, SI Golf Group