Len Ziehm On Golf

About Len

My 41-year career on the Chicago Sun-Times sports staff ended with my retirement on June 30, 2010. During that stint I covered a wide variety of sports, but golf was a constant. I was the paper’s golf writer for 40 years, during which time I covered 27 U.S. Opens, 10 Masters, 17 PGA Championships, four U.S. Women’s Opens and the last 34 Western Opens in addition to a heavy load of Chicago area events.

My career at the Sun-Times officially ended with my retirement after the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach but I continued as the paper’s golf writer for the remainder of that year and also began my present duties as golf columnist for the Daily Herald chain of suburban Chicago newspapers at that time. I’m entering my fifth year as the Herald’s golf columnist in 2014.

Since 1989 I’ve also been a columnist for Chicagoland Golf, a newspaper that suspended publication following the death of founder and good friend Phil Kosin in 2009, was revived by publisher Val Russell in 2010 under the title Chicago Area Golf and is now again publishing monthly in season under the well-known banner of Chicagoland Golf. I also remain a regular contributor to Chicago District Golfer, a magazine produced by the Chicago District Golf Assn.

My other writing projects include a chapter to a history book on the Solheim Cup, which was published in 2008, and I’ve been a member of the selection committee for the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame virtually every year since its first induction ceremony in 1989.

As a player I remain just an avid hacker with a handicap that never has dipped below 16. But, along the way, I celebrated four eagles, the last of which came in the 2012 Kemper Invitational at The Glen Club. Those four eagles were spread out over a 53-year span, the first being my only hole-in-one when I was 15. I’ve also celebrated a most memorable nine-hole round. A 45-hole tour of the five Chicago Park District courses in one day culminated with the only sub-par round of my career — a 1-under 34 at the Columbus Park course.

  • A nice gesture from the Missouri School of Journalism The University of Missouri School of Journalism honored me in its Profiles of Success in June, 2012. http://journalism.missouri.edu/alum/len-ziehm/ LEN ZIEHM Sportswriter (Retired) at Chicago Sun-Times Degree(s): BJ ’65 Whereabouts: Chicago, Illinois, United States What do you do? Retired from the Chicago Sun-Times in June 2010 after 41 years in the sports department, I’ve stepped up my freelance writing and am coordinating my writing ...
  • Farewell Sun-Times Check out my farewell column in the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Ziehm looks back at 41 years at Sun-Times An interview with Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Ed Sherman, former Chicago Tribune golf writer. It hardly is accurate to say Len Ziehm is retiring. Technically, Mr. Ziehm is leaving the Sun-Times this week after 41 years. But the idea that he will stop working? Yeah, right. We’ve all seen days when Mr. Ziehm covered a golf tournament, worked ...
  • Interview With Len Ziehm, Golf Writer at the Chicago Sun-Times A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview By Golf Wisconsin’s Brian Weis Below is an interview with Len Ziehm who is officially retired after 41 years at the Chicago Sun-Times, but still the paper’s golf writer. He also does a weekly column for the Daily Herald and monthly columns and features for Chicago Area Golf newspaper. ...
  • 5 Questions With… Sun-Times Len Ziehm By Jeff Nuich CSN Chicago Senior Director of Communications CSNChicago.com Contributor Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the city’s most popular personalities on the spot with everyone’s favorite weekly local celeb feature entitled “5 Questions with…” Every Wednesday exclusively on CSNChicago.com, it’s our turn to grill the local ...