For over forty years, Paul Zingg held faculty and leadership positions in American higher education as a professor of history, dean, provost, and president. He has published twelve previous books, including a Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of an early 20th century baseball player and an acclaimed examination of golf in Ireland. His interest in sports has focused on their larger cultural contexts wherever they are played and enjoyed. His work often combines literature, illustration, and history to explore the appeal and meaning of sport. His passion for golf began as a caddy, developed as a collegiate player, and matured as a student of the game’s history and culture. Since retirement from university life, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where travel, writing, and service on several non-profit boards try hard to keep him off the golf course. These activities, however, did not prevent him from shooting his age for the first time in 2017.