Parascenzo receives PGA of America honor

Posted March 11, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Marino Parascenzo, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's lead golf writer for 37 years, is the recipient of the PGA of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

The Ellwood City native, who still resides there with his wife Leona, is a 1957 graduate of Penn State University, following a stint in the United States Air Force. His first newspaper job was with the Ellwood City Ledger. Upon moving to the "P-G" in 1964, he covered many sports including all three Pittsburgh's professional sports teams - Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins, plus college sports with Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Duquesne. He retired from the Post-Gazette in 2001, and he has stayed active with numerous freelance articles, features, and books.

Not only did Parascenzo cover major golf, more than sixty championships, and numerous PGA Tour stops, he is a fixture in local golf, on hand for numerous Tri-State PGA and Western Pennsylvania GA competitions. He regularly attends Tri-State and WPGA dinners and similar functions that honor area golfers at season's end. Among his numerous freelance projects include a feature on Arnold Palmer for the WPGA Centennial book and editing Oakmont 100 Years-The History of Oakmont Country Club. He has written for most major golf organizations and publications as a freelancer.

The Tri-State PGA recognized Parascenzo with the Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

His interest in the future of sports writing is underscored by his founding of the Golf Writers Association of America Journalism Scholarship Program. His fund raising has yielded nearly a million dollars for this cause. He is a past president of the GWAA.