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Sports Illustrated associate editor Gene Menez explains why college football and golf are his favorite sports to cover. "College football only because it's my favorite sport," says Menez. "But golf is great too because 1) The athletes give more insight than athletes in other sports; 2) The event is always over by sundown, which is great for making deadlines and; 3) You're usually in a different resort location every week."

Menez joined SI in 1998 and has distinguished himself on a number of beats. He has covered golf, college football, fantasy football and college basketball. He currently edits and writes for Sports Illustrated Presents, the commemorative division of SI.

Prior to arriving at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Menez worked as a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he covered University of North Texas, high school and professional sports, and the Colonial and Byron Nelson golf tournaments. He also worked as a reporting intern at the Oakland (Mich.) Press and Albany (Ore.) Democrat-Herald.

Menez served as a researcher for the film Glory Road (2006) and two books: The Battle for Augusta National, written by SI's Alan Shipnuck and Fanatic, by SI's Jim Gorant. "My favorite SI story to work on, and this is pretty random, was a 2001 feature on the golf course in Oklahoma that was set to host the U.S. Open later that year, Southern Hills in Tulsa," says Menez. "The course had been vandalized years earlier by a former employee at the club, but our story did not quote the employee because our writer couldn't locate him and neither could the police. It's my favorite story because, in the process of fact-checking the story, I found him. We ended up changing the story because of it, and the guy ended up being arrested."

Menez was born in the Philippines and lived there until his family moved to Massachusetts prior to his second birthday. After six years in the Boston area, his family settled in Texas. He currently resides in Manhattan.

EXTRA POINTS

  • Favorite SI Vault story: Winter Rules (May 17, 1999) "If you don't like to laugh, this story is not for you."
  • Writers who have inspired your work: "I'm entertained every time I read something by [former SI senior writer] Steve Rushin. He has an effortless humor. To me, Tiger Woods is the Steve Rushin of golf. I also admire the dogged reporting and tireless work of Peter King. What he is able to do under the time constraints he has is mind boggling."
  • Hobbies: "All sports, but mainly golf and softball. Poker when I have the time and some extra change. And following college football and basketball of course."
  • Person you would most like to interview: "Butch Harmon. I'd ask him what's wrong with my swing."
  • Greatest team you've seen in person: "The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team? The 1996 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team? Let me get back to you on that one."

Updated 21 October 2009

 
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