We join in mourning the passing of Brian Burwell, late of the Post-Dispatch, but a “national” writer and personality.
I didn’t know Brian well at all, but did meet him during the media day tournament preceding the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive in 2013. The Post was in its infancy, but Brian seemed genuinely interested in my description of our vision for the magazine and wished me all success in the venture. He said, “Funny, I find some of our best sports writing is golf writing. As a golfer, I know there’s a mystique to the whole golf experience. Maybe that explains the good writing…”
During that media day event I was waiting on a tee box as Brian’s group teed off ahead of us. He was a passionate, though not highly skilled, golfer who would show his writing versatility by ably covering the event several months later. That day, on that tee, he did not hit one of his best and returned to his cart muttering, as we all do, after a poor shot. But he put the club back in the bag and looked right at our group with a wry smile saying, “Yeah, but I’ve got one of these (brandishing his pencil from the cart), and I know how to use it!” I laughed then, and I laugh now at that wonderful memory of the great Brian Burwell.
Publisher, The Missouri Golf Post