Drawing an editorial cartoon about golf can be a daunting task, especially if you're not a student of the game. But Roger Schillerstrom, who is the editorial cartoonist for Pensions & Investments and several other Crain Communications Inc. publications, has also soldiered on for nine years as editorial cartoonist for Golfweek magazine.
Mr. Schillerstrom recently published his collection of golf cartoons in an aptly titled book "Drawn to Golf," published by Clock Tower Press LLC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Some weeks it's more just a reflection of what's gone on on tour rather than a strict editorial opinion," he said, citing as an example his drawing of the Claret Jug — the British Open trophy — sinking into a water hazard. The cartoon reflected the sinking fortunes, and golf ball, of Jean Van de Velde, who, with a three-shot lead on the last hole in the 1999 tournament at Carnoustie, Scotland, sent a shot into the water. He lost the lead and eventually lost the championship.
"The nice thing for people who follow golf is that this book is as much history as it is comment on the game," Mr. Schillerstrom said. "I highlight the ups and downs of what is going on the men's, women's and senior's tours. Occasionally I will take what's happened on tour and put my own spin on it."
Despite all that drawing about golf, the sport hasn't rubbed off on Mr. Schillerstrom, who said he doesn't have the time to devote to the game.
"I've had the chance to play once or twice with (people) who took pity on me," he explained. "Literally. Every stroke I made, they said, ‘I pity you.'"
The 141-page book, published in May, is available both in bookstores and online.