We are proud to announce that CMU history professor Lane Demas's new book Game of Privilege has received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. The United States Golf Association published an interview with Dr. Demas on February 2, 2018. From the USGA website:
Established in 1987, the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature while seeking to broaden the public’s interest in, and knowledge of, the game of golf. Wind, who died in 2005, was a renowned writer for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. He is the only writer to win the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor.
Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf, authored by this year’s recipient, Dr. Lane Demas, is a groundbreaking exploration of the role of race, class and access to the game of golf. Dr. Demas details the history of black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association, an all-black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975.
‘I’m proud of the fact that this book provides a narrative and historical content that’s accessible to everyone, especially the everyday golf fan,’ said Dr. Demas. ‘It’s very humbling to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by a premier organization such as the USGA.’
Game of Privilege was published by the University of Carolina Press in September 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Demas!