January 28, 2013

Winners Announced In Thirteen Categories Of The 20th Annual ING Media Awards

Winners in 13 categories were announced today in the 20th Annual ING Media Awards program at the PGA Merchandise Show.

The International Network of Golf, a non-profit, media-based networking organization, conducts the awards program for its members. ING membership is open to anyone in the golf industry and media.A total of 41 first-place and honorable mention awards were handed out at the presentation press conference conducted in ClubING at the PGA Show. The program was followed by a Q&A with world-renowned golf instructor Mike Bender. Media Awards sponsors this year were Volvik Golf Balls, Tritan Tumblers and PGA Golf Exhibitions.The Met Gofer magazine was the winner in a new category, Golf Publications. The best radio program went to John Patrick and the Augusta Golf Show. The top TV show went to Golf Life and producer Michael Billingsley.

Other first-place winners included Gary Van Sickle of Sports Illustrated in the Equipment Writing category, Jim Ducibella, whose King Of Clubs book won in the Book Authors category, John Steinbreder of Global Golf Post in the Travel Writing category, David Barrett of APosition in the Competition Writing category and Sally J. Sportsman of Golf Range Magazine in the Business Writing category.

Also, Warren Grant was top sin the Photographer category for a photo in Golf Digest, John Fischer of Golf Collectors Society Bulletin in the Opinion/Editorial category, David McPherson of GreenMaster in the Profile Writing category, Tom Horan of Speaking of Golf in the Radio Segment category and Dave Lockhart of Chicago District Golfer TV in the TV Segment category.

Winners and Outstanding Achievers are determined by an independent panel of three judges in each category. Judges use a point system with several criteria. Determinations are made by judges when possible without knowledge of the person responsible for the work, or of the other judges in the category. The number of Outstanding Achievers in a category is determined by total entries and scoring range in the category.

Each category is coordinated by a category chairperson, who is responsible for securing the three judges. Media Awards Committee chair is Cody Law of Golf Mesquite Nevada.


1st Place: Jim Ducibella (“King Of Clubs”)
Outstanding Achievers: David Barrett (“Making the Masters”); Elisa Gaudet (“Two Good Rounds”); Steve McMillen (“Murder On The Front Nine”); Joel Zuckerman (“Kiawah Island”).

1st Place: Sally J. Sportsman, Golf Range Magazine (“Florida’s All-Around Great Golf Range”)
Outstanding Achievers: Katharine Dyson, TravelGolf.com (“Golf Industry seeks ways to increase number of golfers”); Ken MacLeod, Golf Oklahoma (“We’re back”); Ed Travis, EdTravisGolf.com (“Acushnet and Callaway bury the hatchet”).

1st Place: David Barrett, APosition (“Which club to hit? Have a long talk with your caddy”)
Outstanding Achievers: Kevin Kane, Virginia Golfer (“History Maker”); David McPherson, PGATour.com (“McGirt set with happy company for Sunday duel”); Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated (“Tiger swaggers to Memorial win”).

1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated (“The truth about belly putters”).
Outstanding Achiever: Tony Leodora, Golfstyles magazine (“Mellow yellow-quite right”); Ed Travis, Golf Minnesota (“TaylorMade rules metal woods”).

1st Place: John Fischer, Golf Collectors Society Bulletin (“The day Harry Vardon came to town”).
Outstanding Achievers: David Barrett, TheAPosition.com (“To fight slow play a new system is needed”); Elisa Gaudet, Cybergolf.com (“I want to fall in love with Tiger-again”); Kevin Kane, Virginia Golfer (“Hot Topic: Brown vs. Green”); John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Another Paradigm Shift in Private Golf”).

1st Place: Warren Grant, Golf Digest (Dorado Beach East Course, Hole #4)

1st Place: David McPherson, GreenMaster (“Fostering Love Away From The Links”)
Outstanding Achievers: David McPherson, GreenMaster (“Veteran Greenkeeper moves to different beat”); John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“For Ford, mentoring Is job No. 1”); Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated (“Stewart Cink and the quest for his swing”).

1st Place: The Met Golfer, June/July, 2012 (Greg Midland, Editor)
Outstanding Achievers: Golf Georgia, September/October 2012 (Stan Awtrey, Editor); Golf Oklahoma, August/September, 2012 (Ken MacLeod, Publisher); NCGA Golf, Summer 2012 (Scott Seward, Editor); Southern New England Golfer, Fall 2012 (Bruce Vittner, Editor).

1st Place: John Patrick, Augusta Golf Show (“4th Anniversary Show”)
Outstanding Achievers: Holly Geoghegan, The Golf Insiders, ESPN Orlando (“U.S. Open Week”); Tony Leodora, GolfTalk Live in Philadelphia (“Atlantic City CC”)

1st Place: Tom Horan, Speaking Of Golf, Asheville, NC (“Peter Kessler Interview”)
Outstanding Achiever: Holly Geoghegan, The Golf Insiders, ESPN Orlando (“Bruce Berlet Interview”);

1st Place: John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Sandhills-worth the trip”).
Outstanding Achievers: Katharine Dyson, Fairways + Greens (“Casino resorts’ winning treatments”); David McPherson, Golf Canada (“Golf in Columbia: The only risk is wanting to stay”); Jeff Ritter, Golf.Com (“Lanai: Where Maui residents go to escape”).

1st Place: Mike Billingsley, Fox Sports Net (“Golf Life”)

1st Place: Dave Lockhart, Chicago District Golfer TV (“Ireland Golf”)

Media Contact:
Michelle Maier
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