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Steve Perkin, the son of the legendary Age editor Graham, asked me at a tournament at Royal Melbourne in 1990 to write a column on the events of the week. I scribbled out 700 words, faxed it to the office and it started a sideline that has become much more because it’s given me a voice. Sadly the paper of the two Perkins and Peter Thomson no longer has a full-time golf writer and it doesn’t seem right for the city of Royal Melbourne and the sandbelt not to have someone dedicated to reporting the game.
I’m fortunate to still have a place to write and my opinion pieces are found on Golf Australia’s website and Golf Australia magazine.
My latest book, Preferred Lies, is a series of essays with Charlie Happell (himself a former Age golf writer) and a number of other contributors including John Huggan, Rob Sitch, Steve Williams, the late Peter Thomson and his Japanese-based son Andrew.
Speaking of voices, you can listen to State of the Game, a podcast I started in 2012 with Rod Morri and Geoff Shackelford and Inside the Ropes at Golf Australia.