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About Our Writers

Ryan Ballengee | Read Ryan's work

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. Ballengee has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel and SB Nation.

Ballengee loves to golf, even when trying futilely to qualify for the U.S. Open. He carries a .8 handicap index, though he'll happily add strokes to play in a scramble.

A graduate of the University of Maryland in 2004 (B.S., Business Administration) and 2006 (Master of Public Policy), Ballengee is an avid Terps fan. He loves the Baltimore Orioles and Green Bay Packers. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com, on Twitter @RyanBallengee or on Google+.

John Lahtinen | Read John's work

John Lahtinen is a Connecticut-based freelance writer/editor with more than 15 years of professional and educational experience involving news, communications, education and marketing. In addition to holding a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

John has worked and/or written for several news organizations (The Hartford Business Journal, The Hartford Courant, The Charlotte Observer, Back9Network, The Connecticut Green Guide, The Burlington Free Press, The Providence Business News, The Worcester Business Journal, CTLatinoNews, The Plattsburgh Press-Republican) and universities (Yale Law School, Skidmore College, The University of New Haven, Norwich University).

Lahtinen can be reached by email at lahts[at]yahoo.com and on Twitter @JohnLahtinen.

Tony Dear | Read Tony's work

A former golf correspondent of the New York Sun, Tony contributes to numerous titles on both sides of the Atlantic including Golf World (UK), Links, and the R&A's Open Championship magazine. His fifth book 'The History of Golf in 50 Holes' was recently published by Firefly Books.

You can follow Tony on Twitter @tonyjdear.

Jay Flemma | Read Jay's work

Since launching his first golf writing website in 2004, A Walk In The Park Jay Flemma 's expertise on the pro tours, golf course architecture, and golf travel have garnered wide industry respect. In researching his books on America's great golf courses, Jay has played over 500 nationally ranked public golf courses in 40 different states, and covered ten U.S. Opens and eight PGA Championships, along with one trip to the Masters. A multiple national award-winning sportswriter, Jay was called the best sports poet alive by both Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports writers and broadcasters. Jay has played almost four million yards of golf - or close to 2,700 miles. His pieces on travel and architecture have appeared in Golf Observer (www.golfobserver.com), Cybergolf.com, PGA.com, Golf Magazine and other print magazines.

You can follow Jay on Twitter @JayGolfUSA.

Will Haskett | Read Will's work

Will Haskett is a veteran broadcaster of numerous sports and a huge golf advocate. Since 2013, he has roamed the fairways for PGA Tour Radio and served as a host on SiriusXM. In a previous golf life, he was a junior player and former club professional.

You can follow Will on Twitter @WillHaskett.


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