I jumped up from the couch and said, ‘I can do better than this guy!’ So I started working on websites to get broadcasting experience, and the next year I was working for an NBC affiliate covering the Ryder Cup.
When David Marr III ’83, a commentator for the Golf Channel, covered the Masters Tournament this spring at Augusta National Golf Club, he paid a special visit to the Masters Trophy in the clubhouse in honor of his father.
Marr’s father, David Marr II, was the runner-up at the 1964 Masters Tournament, and his name is inscribed on the trophy. His name is also on the Wanamaker Trophy, which is given to the winner of the PGA Championship, which Marr’s father won in 1965. David Marr II died of cancer in 1997.
“Dad was a dirt-poor kid who grew up in Houston and loved golf,” Marr remembers. “There are so many stories about him. I’m so proud of his accomplishments. Whenever I’m at [the PGA Championship], I go find his name on the Wanamaker Trophy and visit with him.”
Marr also reveres his mother and established the Susan and Bruce McAllister Scholarship at Bucknell in 2016 to honor her and his stepfather. When fully funded, grants from the scholarship will assist students with financial need, with preference given to students from New York City.
Marr wasn’t on Bucknell’s golf team but played many rounds with friends on the school’s course. “The coach wanted to know if I could play on the team, but I wasn’t good enough,” he says, admitting that tennis was more his game.
Though his father later became a golf analyst on ABC and, as a youngster, Marr helped his dad around the studio, he never contemplated following in his father’s footsteps until he listened to commentary during the 1998 U.S. Open that irked him more than a missed putt.
“I jumped up from the couch and said, ‘I can do better than this guy!’ ” says Marr. “So I started working on websites to get broadcasting experience, and the next year I was working for an NBC affiliate covering the Ryder Cup.” He joined the Golf Channel in 2000, where he also hosts the weekly PGA Tour Champions Learning Center.