Philly fanatic

By |  May 15, 2014

I’m in Philadelphia for a few days, a couple meetings, interviews, etc.

The trip has gone great so far. It occurred to me today that most of my success in getting good stories for the magazine can be attributed to how cool and accommodating my sources are. That was definitely the case today. I have the start of a great story, and the reason is because a big time player in our industry took the time out of his schedule to sit down with me and just talk.

Speaking of interviews, for once the shoe was on the other foot for me today, as my cell phone rang and it was a journalist seeking an interview with me. He was doing a story on Schuylkill CC’s Jim Rattigan, who won our 2014 Herb Graffis Businessperson of the Year award.

Photo: Seth Jones

Photo: Seth Jones

The bad thing for me was his call woke me up from a deep sleep… So I may have been a little out of it. Hopefully I was able to give him decent quotes! So that’s what it feels like to be caught off-guard for an interview…

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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