CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When he graduated from DuPont High School in the spring of 1988, Alan Pittman could not have imagined that the sport of golf, and events like this weekend's Masters, would be his livelihood.
Pittman headed off to Marshall to major in journalism, graduated from there in 1992 and did some graduate work at Ohio University. After a brief internship at the daily newspaper in Ashland, Ky., Pittman pursued a career in magazines and landed at Golf Digest in 1994. Over time, he steadily moved up the ranks of one of golf's leading publications and was named managing editor in 2012.
"It is a little ironic that I head up a golf publication because I really was not much of a golfer. I was more of a baseball player growing up," Pittman said earlier this week.
"But I love my work. The best part about being at Golf Digest is the professionalism of the work environment. I get to work with some of the most talented writers and photographers in the country.
"One of the perks of my job is that last April I was in the media lottery and I was selected to play Augusta National on the Monday after the Masters. It struck me that just one day earlier the best in the world were playing on the course and the next day I was there. Trust me, I am not sure I deserved to be on that great a course. I'm probably more comfortable playing at Coonskin or a state park with my friends."
Pittman grew up on Rutledge Road and attended Valley Grove Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and DuPont High School. He was on the 1988 DuPont baseball team that lost to Jefferson County 3-2 in the AAA state title game.
McClure was a member of the 1988 Panther basketball team that upset Stonewall Jackson in postseason play and advanced to the state tournament. DuPont would lose to David Kidd and Woodrow Wilson in the AAA quarterfinals in a tournament eventually won by Chris Morrow and Huntington High over Marsalis Basey and Martinsburg.