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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jeff Silverman Award

In its 2014 Writing Contest, the Golf Writers Association of America awarded Villanova English professor Jeff Silverman second place in the non-daily feature category for a piece in Golf World about prisoners playing golf in a Nazi POW camp during World War II.  As Jeff writes, the prisoners played with balls made from scavenged items like old gym shoes, bicycle inner tubes, tobacco pouches, bandages, cotton, leather, and thread, and with clubs made from branches and hockey sticks (with some heads molded with melted foil from cigarette wrappers and discarded tin).