DOST . . . a brief biographical journey
Joann Dost has practiced the art of golf
photography since the late 1970's, traveling across America, the
British Isles, the Far East and Australia to capture the essence
of golf course architecture and the spirit of the game with her
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Vienna,
Virginia, Joann grew up in a family who loved the outdoors and
sports. A competitive atmosphere existed in the Dost household
with Joann's father a former Olympic speed skater and a brother
who grew up to play professional baseball for the New York Mets.
Little wonder that, when introduced to
the game of golf at the age of 15, Joann pursued it with a passion.
PGA Professional, Morgan Tiller, along with her father, nurtured
Joann's love and mastery of the game. In 1968, drawing on a mere
two years of experience, Joann was playing like a seasoned champion,
winning the Maryland State Junior Girls' Championship, the DC
Junior Girls' Championship and the Tournament of Junior Champions.
Joann became a teaching professional after
marrying a golf pro in 1970. By 1973, Joann's competitive juices
were stirring and she began pursuing the life of a playing professional.
In 1974, she was off to Australia to play the Australian Tour
for a year. Returning back to the USA, Joann played the West Coast
Group Fore Tour and then placed a respectable third in the LPGA
Qualifying School. 1976 was the year in which Joann achieved what
few have and many dream of - she became a Touring Professional
on the LPGA circuit. During Joann's five years on the LPGA Tour,
she had several top-ten finishes, shot a low round of 66 and finished
third at the Ping Championship in Portland, Oregon.
Moving to Pebble Beach in 1977 turned
out to be a major turning point in Joann's life. The magnificence
of the Monterey Peninsula heightened Joann's love of the game
in a different way, as she discovered another way to shoot the
golf course. After purchasing a Mamiya Sekor camera, it was through
the eye of the lens that Joann staked her future. Through a combination
of self-instruction, practice and classes from such photography
masters as Ansel Adams and John Woods, her skills increased and
her photographic vision was revealed to the world.
Over the years, Joann has received many
awards for her photography. Her work can be seen in national and
international magazines and her fine art is available through
better galleries worldwide. Joann currently resides in Pebble
Beach, by the links, with her cat "MacKenzie."