LATROBE, PA – Award-winning sports journalist David Shedloski, whose 2016 collaboration with the legendary Arnold Palmer became an instant bestseller, will be the next presenter in Saint Vincent College’s ongoing Threshold Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Saint Vincent campus.
Admission is free to the presentation, but reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 724-805-2177 during regular business hours or online at www.stvincent.edu/threshold.
A professional sports journalist for three decades, Shedloski has won 21 national awards, including 19 for golf writing. A former sportswriter for several daily newspapers, he currently contributes to a variety of golf publications, including “Golf Digest” and “Kingdom” magazine. He is also editorial director of “The Memorial,” the official magazine of the Memorial Tournament. Shedloski has covered more than 500 golf tournaments worldwide, including nearly 100 major championships.
In addition to his prolific journalism career, Shedloski has authored or contributed to seven books, including memoirs of arguably the two biggest names in golf history, as well as several acclaimed compilations.
In 2016, Shedloski collaborated with Palmer, the world-famous golfer, noted Latrobe native and longtime friend of Saint Vincent College, for the book “A Life Well Played: My Stories.” Released less than a month after Palmer’s passing, the book was an instant New York Times bestseller. It offers wisdom and lessons from Palmer, who is often regarded as the most important figure in the history of golf.
In gathering Palmer’s impressive collection of memories, anecdotes and wisdom, Shedloski regularly met with the venerable golfing great and his confidants at his home in Latrobe. While many of the subjects in the book may be familiar to Palmer’s loyal fan base across the globe, this final memoir allowed him to choose those stories that were most important to him, ranging from his childhood in Latrobe through his later years. Throughout the book, readers are treated to Palmer’s own fresh perspective on some of the more impactful moments on his life and career.
The stories may be familiar, particularly those on the golf course, but instead of simply recounting his achievements and accolades, Palmer goes into great detail explaining lessons learned and reasons behind some of the most notable experiences of his illustrious career.
The book includes a touching chapter on why Palmer continued to call Latrobe his lifelong home, despite a number of lucrative offers to relocate to other prominent venues across the country, while his love of family and community was further documented in a chapter recounting his purchase of an undeveloped tract of land and subsequent donation of additional land from Saint Vincent that would be transformed into the Winnie Palmer Nature Preserve. Named for his beloved late wife, the purchase ensured that this area would remain untouched by corporate development while becoming a hub for environmental recreation, preservation and education.
Released in 2001, Shedloski’s first book dealt with another one of the biggest names in golf, who incidentally was one of Palmer’s fiercest rivals on the course and closest friends off it. “Golden Twilight: Jack Nicklaus in his Final Championship Season” chronicled Nicklaus’ comeback from hip replacement surgery as he embarked on the final season of a storied career in which he won 18 major championships, the most by any golfer in history. Shedloski was granted unprecedented access to the Golden Bear throughout his final season on the professional tour, allowing readers to see Nicklaus’ struggles, triumphs and reflections as he conjured up one final grand effort to rekindle the greatness of an unforgettable 40-year career.
In 2007, Shedloski would again work with Nicklaus on the release of “Memories and Mementos from Golf’s Golden Bear.” The long-awaited autobiography chronicled the life and astounding career of Nicklaus, taking readers through his most significant career highlights while also offering a glimpse at the man behind the legend.
In 2008, Shedloski teamed up with fellow golf scribe Alex Miceli on “Obsessed With Golf,” a book with more than 2,500 trivia questions that engage and challenge even the greatest golf fan. The book also includes a computerized module that enables the reader to compete against others.
His most recent book, “Scioto: Celebrating the First One Hundred Years,” was released in 2017. It reflects on the history of the revered Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus, Ohio, the home course of Nicklaus and the host of a number of different major tournaments, including the U.S. Open, the Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Along with his work with two of the true giants of golf, Shedloski has contributed to a number of books on his beloved sport, including “Golf for Dummies” by Gary McCord and “Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul.”
Shedloski is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor of arts in English/journalism. He resides in Alexandria, Ohio, is the father of two children, Alexander and Elizabeth, and the favorite human of two rescue dogs, Beckham and Zeus.
The Saint Vincent Threshold Series was established in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a significant grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events. Over its nearly four-decade run, the Threshold Series has featured a number of prominent figures in the arts, politics, history and entertainment, including such names as Carl Sagan, Ralph Nader, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Roger Cossack and Archduke Rudolph of Austria.
Photo 1: David Shedloski
Photo 2: Cover of “A Life Well Played: My Stories,” released in 2016.
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