By Peter Kollmann '06
TARRYTOWN, NY - Ed Ingles has carved a legacy at Iona College by calling men's basketball games on the radio with play-by-play man Gary Stanley. Since 1995, the sports sage has provided expert color analysis for the Gaels, from Mindaugas Timinskas and Tariq Kirksay to Scott Machado and Lamont Jones.
The 81-year-old Ingles added a prestigious honor to his distinguished career. He received the Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award at the 62nd Metropolitan Golf Writers Association dinner on Jun. 18. Named after the late sportswriter for The New York Times, the Werden award is presented to a writer, broadcaster, photographer or artist for outstanding contributions in the field of golf journalism. Werden wrote for The Times from the 1930s into the '70s and was the first sportswriter to cover pro golf full-time for a newspaper.
As Ingles spoke to a crowd of some 600 people at the Westchester Marriott, he reflected fondly of the 1986 Masters, when Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Green Jacket in dramatic fashion at age 46. "I cherished that day as one of my crowning glories," he said.
Ingles joins a very distinct group of people who have won the Lincoln Werden award, which began in 1984. Previous recipients have included Jim Nantz (2012), Peter Alliss (2005), Dave Anderson (1996) and Dan Jenkins (1994). Anderson, the Pulitzer-Prize winning sports columnist for The New York Times, introduced Ingles at the dinner. He described Ingles as "an old forest, like the redwoods" for his 50-plus years of experience.
This pioneer of radio reporting covered more than 30 Masters Tournaments for CBS radio, as well as several U.S. Opens, British Opens and PGA Championships. For the last two decades, he has been the WRHU-FM professional-in-residence and the athletic policy committee chairman at Hofstra University. Ingles received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia in 1958.