Irwin Smallwood spent nearly a half a century as a writer and editor for the Greensboro News & Record, working in both the sports and news departments. Smallwood held the titles of Managing Editor and Executive Sports Editor along the way. His passion was golf writing, however, and for three consecutive years in the 1960s Smallwood won first place in the news division of the national golf writing competition. Smallwood also won numerous writing awards on the state and regional levels. Smallwood chaired the Greater Greensboro Open’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1988, and in 1999 Smallwood was named Honorary Chairman of the tournament. The media center for the Wyndham Championship was named in honor of Smallwood. Smallwood is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.