James Dodson (author)

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James Dodson (born 1953) is an American sports writer. He is currently a Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot (Moore County) newspaper, an editor of PineStraw magazine in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and an editor of the arts and culture magazine of the Carolina Sandhills. He also serves as Founding Editor of O. Henry Magazine, the arts and culture sister publication in Greensboro, North Carolina, Dodson's hometown, and Salt Magazine in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dodson is a Distinguished Alumnus of East Carolina University.[1] Over the course of a 30-year golf writing career, his work has earned awards from the Golf Writers of America and other industry organizations. For two decades, he was a contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf Magazine, and golf and travel correspondent for the Departures magazine of American Express. In 2006, he was the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in Virginia.[2]

Dodson made a controversy when he stated in 2017, that in August 2013 Eric Trump said Russians financed Trump golf courses. Eric disputes Dodson's statement.[3][4][5]


  • Final Rounds (1996)
  • Faithful Travelers
  • The Dewsweepers
  • Beautiful Madness (2006)
  • The Road to Somewhere: Travels with a Young Boy Through an Old World
  • A Golfer's Life (with Arnold Palmer)
  • Ben Hogan: An American Life (2004), Doubleday, New York, ISBN 0-385-50312-1
  • A Son of the Game (2009)
  • American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Age of Modern Golf (2012)
  • The Story of Seminole


  • The Herbert Warren Wind/USGA International Book Award for 2004 (for Ben Hogan - An American Life)[6]
  • International Network of Golf Media Award (for Final Rounds[citation needed] and A Son of the Game[7])
  • The USGA Herbert Warren Wind Award for 2012 (for American Triumvirate)[8]
  • Donald Ross Award, 2011[9]
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine[10]


In 2008, Dodson was a featured commentator in the award-winning HBO documentary "Back Nine at Cherry Hills.” American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Age of Modern Golf was selected as one of the 100 notable books of 2012 by The New York Times[11] and inspired a documentary of the same name on the Golf Channel, with a script by Dodson.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Dodson and his wife, Wendy, divide their time between Southern Pines and Greensboro, North Carolina.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming - Author Information". ecu.edu.
  2. ^ "Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence". Hollins.
  3. ^ "Eric Trump said Russians financed golf courses, author insists". CharlotteObserver.com. May 15, 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. That’s when he said Eric Trump told him, “We have pretty much all the money we need from investors in Russia,” Dodson said. ... “This story is completely fabricated and just another example of why there is such a deep distrust of the media in our country #FakeNews,” Eric Trump said.
  4. ^ Bill Littlefield (May 11, 2017). "A Day (And A Cheeseburger) With President Trump". WBUR.org. Retrieved 12 December 2017. He said, 'Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.' I said, 'Really?' And he said, 'Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.' Now that was [a little more than] three years ago, so it was pretty interesting."
  5. ^ Joseph Marusak (May 14, 2017). "Author who said Eric Trump told him Russians financed golf courses defends statement". McClatchyDC.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Herbert Warren Wind Book Award Winners". USGA.
  7. ^ http://inggolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MA-Past-winners.pdf
  8. ^ "USGA: 'American Triumvirate' Wins USGA Book Award". usga.org. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Kevin Kahler. "Donald Ross Award Winners". asgca.org.
  10. ^ "The Long Leaf Pine Society - View Roster". longleafpinesociety.org.
  11. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2012". November 27, 2012 – via NYTimes.com.