By: E&P Staff Phil Kosin, a printer at what was formerly known as Chicago's Daily Southtown Economist, the publisher of Chicagoland Golf and host of a radio show about golf, died this morning at age 59 in suburban Naperville after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are pending.
In addition to his free biweekly newspaper and Saturday morning broadcast, Kosin founded the Illinois Women's Open tournament, ran a charity for junior golf, and consulted for various courses, according to his obituary on the Web site of the Sun-Times Group newspaper now known as the Southtown Star.
Writer Tim Cronin called Kosin "a ubiquitous figure on the Chicago golf scene [whose] presence made a tournament press room more interesting, and his coverage of the game usually found an angle those on daily deadlines had not pursued."
While a printer at the Southtown Economist in the 1970s, Kosin helped then-publisher Bruce Sagan dig the foundation for a new press at its 60th and Harlem plant. He later worked for other papers, including the Naperville Sun.