Last updated on: 8/25/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Willard Biography

Title:
ESPN Radio Host and Columnist for Fore Magazine
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"
Reasoning:

“I hear the silly argument all the time: Golfers aren’t athletes. Funny, I only hear it from people who don’t play golf. That’s because the golfer understands how many athletic movements are needed in order to play well. There is athleticism in trying to hit out of a bunker, plain and simple. Hooking a ball around a tree to get back in the fairway takes athleticism…

Maybe the best evidence is the fact that so many athletes from other sports play golf. In other words, what does a big time athlete do to challenge themselves outside their normal game? They play golf…

What is the anatomy of an athlete? An athlete uses his or her body to get competitive juices flowing, release stress and energy, express themselves and have fun. So, that makes golfers athletes. And it makes athletes want to golf.”

“Range Tokens: If Golfers Aren’t Athletes, Then Why Do So Many Athletes Play Golf?,” Fore Magazine, Summer 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Voice-over artist, June 2013-present
  • Co-owner, SportscastersLA, Sep. 2013-present
  • Columnist, Fore Magazine, Oct. 2012-present
  • Radio Host, ESPNLA Now, ESPN Radio 710 AM, 2008-present
  • Host, producer, and writer, Just a Minute with Mark Willard, Aug. 2008-June 2012
  • Sports Anchor, Fox Sports, May 2010-Dec. 2011
  • Broadcaster, IBN Sports, Oct. 2009-Dec. 2010
  • Radio Host and Sideline Reporter, University of Southern California Athletics, Aug. 2004-Jan. 2010
  • Co-Host, Tony Bruno Show, Sporting News Radio, Apr. 2005-Aug. 2008
  • Sportscaster, GoTV Networks, June 2006-Nov. 2007
  • Host, The Ticket, 1540 AM, Feb. 2003-Feb. 2005
  • Anchor, XTRA 690 AM, 2001
  • Anchor, Command Audio Corporation, 2000-2001
  • Education:
  • BA, Journalism, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 1997
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    None found
    Email
    willard@710espn.com
    Website
    Southern California Golf Association profile
    Other:
  • Twitter handle: @Mark_T_Willard
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Is Golf a Sport?