Ron Balicki passed away after an eight-month battle with cancer on Tuesday. He is best known for the man that he was, but he could also write with the best of them, including this award-winning feature on Barclay Howard.
You couldn’t find a college hotshot or coach over the past three decades who didn’t enjoy, trust and respect the understated Ron Balicki, who died Tuesday at age 65 -- and belonged in the Nice Person Hall of Fame.
Here are a few reactions from college golf coaches and others in the sport, as well as just a few of the many Twitter posts they have shared, upon learning that Golfweek senior writer Ron Balicki had passed away.
From Lance Ringler and Beth Ann Nichols, to Adam Schupak and Bradley S. Klein, our staff reflects on what made Ron Balicki one of a kind.
Rickie Fowler chose to break the news about going pro with a simple phone call to one man – Ron Balicki. That's the impact he had on the game's brightest, up-and-coming stars – they knew he cared about their stories.
Ron Balicki, 65, died Tuesday after an eight-month battle with cancer, but his impact on the game – mostly the people within it – will be felt for decades to come.
PGA Tour players, college golfers and their coaches alike took time Tuesday on Twitter to memorialize Ron Balicki, the only writer in the Golf Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame, who passed away Tuesday.
Many times when a college golf coach retires, he or she creates some distance from the program. Not so with Earl Yestingsmeier. He had been as faithful to Ball State in retirement as he had been in 36 years as coach.
Senior writer Ron Balicki reflects on his time with former Ball State head coach Earl Yestingsmeier, who died Jan. 9 at his home in Muncie, Ind. Balicki says Yestingsmeier was and always has been Ball State golf.
For amateur and college golf senior writer Ron Balicki, 2013 was a year of a glass half full and a glass half empty – as his season and his life changed dramatically during a pivotal week.
It's time to look back at the 2013 amateur golf season. Our experts, Ron Balicki, Julie Williams and Cassie Stein, tackle five questions from the 2013 amateur golf season.
After winning streaks and a national championship being won, it's time to look back at some highlights from 2013.
Mike McCoy has been a dominating presence in his home state of Iowa for nearly a quarter century. Now he has added the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship to his resume.
Two lengthy weather delays Sunday will bring about a Monday finish as Jordan Niebrugge and Sean Dale compete for the 111th Western Amateur title.
The Stanford junior closed with a 3-under 69 – his fourth consecutive round in the 60s – earning him medalist honors with a Western Am qualifying-record 18-under 270.
Three players shared the lead Wednesday at the halfway point of Western Amateur stroke play. Seth Reeves, who was tied with two others after an opening 65 at Alotian Club, along with Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge sat atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135.
Seth Reeves, Sam Smith and Cameron Wilson all fired 7-under 65s – one off the course record at The Alotian Club – to take the lead at the Western Amateur on Tuesday.
Michael Kim made it interesting with a late comeback, but Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge held off the Cal All-American for a 1-up victory in the U.S. Amateur Public Links finale on Saturday.
Jordan Niebrugge’s resume over the past year in college and amateur golf pales in comparison with those of Michael Kim. But, on Saturday, they'll step up to the first tee as equals as they face off for the U.S. Amateur Public Links title.
Michael Kim and James Erkenbeck, a pair of first-team All-Americans last season, won their quarterfinal matches Friday morning in the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club.
Here are just a few of the moments of Ron Balicki's long, hall-of-fame career covering college and amateur golf for Golfweek.