An icon of Arizona Golf and a 2013 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame inductee; Bill Huffman has been with Backspin The Golf Show since 1999, the same year he wrote the book “Arizona’s Greatest Golf Courses.” Bill was born in Iowa City, Iowa, graduated from City High School in 1969, and from the University of Iowa in 1973 (Bachelor of General Studies) and 1975 (Masters degree in Journalism).

His first “real” job was covering high school football for the San Antonio Express-News, where he eventually became the assistant sports editor.

From 1977-82 he Colorado Avid Golfer was the copy desk chief/assistant sports editor of the Des Moines Register – The Big Peach. In the fall of 1982 he moved to Arizona as the copy desk chief of the Arizona Republic. In 1985 he became the assistant sports editor. Among his other accomplishments, Huffman served as the national president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association in 1995, and was a member of the executive committee of the Golf Writers Association of America from 1996-98.

Huffman’s first major golf championship he covered was the 1988 U.S. Open at Brookline near Boston, and he has covered 48 majors and Ryder Cups since, including 20 Masters. He currently writes n AZ GOLF Insider, the official publication of the Arizona Golf Association. He has three children — Kristen, Sky and Meghan — and seven grandchildren.

Bill Huffman