The background to golf writer Cliff Schrock, from the Pantagraph to Golf Digest, and his ties to Dave Kindred, Ron Coffman and Golf World. Explains his putting stroke and Double Eagle feat.

A background in golf

Presently a Contributing Editor for Golf Digest, I have written about golf for more than 35 years but enjoy studying the game's hundreds of years that came before my time. I had previously been the magazine's Assistant Managing Editor and the Editor of its Resource Center, the latter allowing me to oversee the incredible archive of Golf Digest and Golf World. My passion for golf began during middle school in my hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, and I grooved a somewhat deadly putting stroke on the tiny greens at Highland Park Golf Course, the site of my only par round. It was seeing Golf Digest for sale on Highland's shop counter that put the thought of combining my dual love for golf and journalism into a dream job of working at GD. Prior to the magazine, I had followed legendary sports/golf writers Ron Coffman and Dave Kindred in the same position at the Daily Pantagraph in Bloomington. My on-course achievements are minor but I did win the Editor's Putter championship at Golf Digest twice and due to a brief bit of fortunate play in the company Seitz Cup team match I earned the nickname the Terminator, a label I've long since failed to deserve. I have kept track of all my under-par holes and have more than 540 birdies, a few eagles and one lucky double Highland's second hole.

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Golf Resume: Clifford L. Schrock

Personal Statement—Good writing is hard work. Getting the message out can be done in a flash of time, but the preparation up to hitting “send” or posting is critically important. I have been fully engaged in my career to research, write and deliver captivating content, in print, online and electronically. I am a respected, dependable and perceptive writer, editor, communicator and book author who has the skills and experience to produce quality communications.

Summary of Qualifications—Extensive writing range of long and short, simple and complicated subjects for print and online;

Experienced at writing correspondence for outside contacts (readers, requests for help);

Accustomed to managing multiple tasks simultaneously, immediate and future;

Excellent at planning and organizing editorial schedules and devising company strategies;

Recognized as a patient problem-solver who uses good judgment in tandem with a supervisor;

Great versatility in the tasks I can perform, primarily writing, copyediting, proofreading, and research. Writing experience in composing text in someone else’s “voice”;

Exceptional interpersonal skills. I am a conscientious and experienced asset who is a good face for the company as well as an ideal internal coworker. I go “all in” for the employer and its needs/goals

Professional Experience

State of Connecticut  Ÿ  Court Recording Monitor—August 2018 to Present

Golf Digest Magazine  Ÿ  Conde Nast; New York Times Magazine Group—1984 to Present

Contributing Editor January 2017 to Present

Editor, Golf Digest Resource Center (Conde Nast years, 2002-December 2016)

Researched and wrote Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday historical items for posting on the Golf Digest website and Twitter feed weekly; Wrote frequent editorial pieces for print as assigned on history, rules, book reviews; Attended weekly editorial-planning discussion meetings; Was contact with art staff on page design for magazine editorial; Served as online resource for historical research and background on current events; Proofread galleys and final production pages for all editorial products, print and tablet; Managed archive of 1 million images, reference library and related printed historical material; Provided full research support to editorial staff and contributing writers

Assistant Managing Editor — (The New York Times Magazine Group years, 1985-2001)

Wrote instruction, feature, travel, product review and historical material as assigned; Part of planning team to set the editorial lineup; maintained 90-day planning sheets; Edited and finalized features, columns and special sections monthly; Oversaw the proofreading and fact-checking departments; created in-house stylebook; Managing Editor and fact checker for Golf Digest Events Publishing, including Masters Journal

Book Author Three with Masters Press, one with Roxbury Press:

Youth Golf, Women’s Golf Handbook, Rules of Golf Applied; The Golfer’s Sourcebook


Illinois State University—Bachelor of Science in English; Minor in Mass Communication


Cliff Schrock


Stratford, Connecticut