Donald W. “Doc” Giffin, a native of Crafton near Pittsburgh, began his career as a sportswriter for the Pittsburgh Press in the 1950s after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the Press he worked with gifted writers and colorful personalities like Beano Cook, Myron Cope and Bob Drum. With Drum’s urging, Giffin accepted the job of Press Secretary for the PGA Tour in 1962. He left the Tour in 1966 to begin working for Arnold Palmer as his personal assistant.
Griffin has handled the human details behind the projects and activities integral to the Arnold Palmer brand. He organizes activities for Palmer such as the numerous autograph requests. Among the awards he has received are this year’s William D. Richardson Award, presented during The Masters Tournament by the Golf Writers Association of America. This year he will receive the Journalism Award at The Memorial, the PGA Tour event held at Muirfield Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Giffin is also a member of the Tri-State PGA Section’s Hall of Fame.