2007 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
Kaye Kessler jokes that "if you live long enough, all good things will fall into your lap."
Kessler definitely has lived a long, interesting and adventure-filled life, but the bit about things falling into his lap is simply him being modest. He's certainly received many honors and awards during his six decades as a sports journalist, but all are well-deserved, including his induction into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.
Just in recent years, Kessler has received such notable honors as the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism (2001), the Memorial Golf Tournament's Journalism Award (2002), and the Colorado Section of the PGA's Award of Distinction (2000).
And in 2007, the Masters honored Kessler for both his longevity and the considerable talent he's demonstrated in covering the tournament more than 40 times. He was among just 14 journalists so honored in 2007 with a Special Achievement Award from Augusta National.
Indeed, Kessler has seen and reported on an untold amount of golf history since the middle of the 20th century. By his count -- as of mid-2007, anyway - he had covered 114 men's major championships -- 44 Masters, 38 U.S. Opens, 12 British Opens and 20 PGA Championships. That certainly puts him among a very select group of golf journalists.
It was in Columbus, Ohio -- where Kessler spent much of his life -- that he chronicled the career of one Jack Nicklaus from his pre-teenage years to his heyday as arguably the top player golf has ever seen. During this time, he also squeezed in a two-year stint as president of the Golf Writers Association of America.
Shortly after being named Ohio sports writer of the year in 1984 -- yes, he covered plenty else besides golf -- Kessler came to Colorado to become the first media- and player-relations director for the PGA Tour's International. And in the final years of that tournament, Kessler served officially as international player/media consultant and unofficially as resident historian. As was the case then, Kessler continues to write about golf for various publications.
Despite his many achievements, Kessler said he's most proud of his late wife, Ro, and their two children -- daughter Kris, a counselor in the Department of Defense school system in Italy, and son Rod, chief operations officer for the new billion-dollar Revelstoke ski resort in British Columbia. ool and later the University of Colorado, in 1923.