ORLANDO, FL (Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. 2016) – Golf Oklahoma received three Outstanding Achievement Awards at the 23rd 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 44 First-Place and Outstanding Achiever awards were announced at the presentation press conference conducted in ClubING at the PGA Show. Total entries increased again for the fifth straight year.
The program was followed by a media reception featuring a Q&A with Hall of Fame golfer and NBC commentator Johnny Miller. Media Awards sponsors this year were Zero Friction Golf, Chase 54 apparel company, Bridgestone Golf, Nexbelt and PGA Golf Exhibitions.
Golf Oklahoma received outstanding achievement awards in Equipment Writing (Ed Travis, Pro V1 or Pro V1X?), Features (Ken MacLeod, Nice Guys Finish First, a profile of Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame inductee Bob Dickson) and overall excellence in publications for the June-July issue, behind Sports Illustrated’s Masters Preview special issue.
"We are glad that Golf Oklahoma was recognized again by its peers as one of the nation’s best regional golf publications," said Golf Oklahoma publisher Ken MacLeod. "It’s a credit to all of our great regular contributors and the hard work of Chris Swafford on the graphics and layout side and A.G. Meyers on the marketing end. To finish right behind a publication such as Sports Illustrated with its resources is an accomplishment and we hope our readers enjoy reading the magazine as much as we do producing it."
Three media members each earned a pair of First-Place awards: Gary Van Sickle of Sports Illustrated and Golf.Com, Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News and Tony Leodora of Golfstyles Magazine and The Traveling Golfer TV show.
For the third time in four years, John Patrick’s Augusta Golf Show was named the top radio show.
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.
For more information, visit www.inggolf.com.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AND OUTSTANDING ACHIEVERS
1st Place: David B. Irwin ("The Last Caddy")
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear ("The Story Of Fifty Holes"); Rolando Merulo ("The Italian Summer"); Joel Zuckerman ("Golfers Giving Back").
1st Place: Tony Leodora, Golfstyles Magazine ("Your New Club in the 21st Century").
Outstanding Achievers: Elisa Gaudet, Huffington Post ("5 Golf Business Success Stories"); Sally J. Sportsman, Golf Range Magazine ("Design Your Range As If Money Were No Object"); Ed Travis, The A Position ("Competition for Tee Times").
1st Place: Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News ("History Major")
Outstanding Achievers: Ann Liguori, CBSNY.com ("Dramatic Finish Will Dominate Memories of 2015 US Open"); Jeff Ritter, Golf.Com ("Tiger Woods Misses The Cut At British Open – Now What?"); Gary Van Sickle, Golf.Com ("Stricker Plays His Last Major – Maybe").
EQUIPMENT & APPAREL WRITING
1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated ("Saddle Up – The Future of Putting").
Outstanding Achiever: Tony Dear, Today’s Golfer (UK) ("A Smarter Future"); Ed Travis, Golf Oklahoma ("Pro V1 or Pro V1x")
1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Golf.Com ("What’s Wrong With Tiger?").
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Cybergolf.com ("Did The Chambers Bay Experiment Work?"); Ann Liguori, CBS-NY ("Jason Day’s US Open Performance One For The Ages"); Jeff Neuman, The Met Golfer ("Hear The Words, Not The Buzz"); Jeff Ritter, Sports Illustrated ("The Best Deal In Golf").
1st Place: Elisa Gaudet, New England Golf Monthly ("Abaco Golf Club").
Outstanding Achiever: Jim Krajicek, The Met Golfer ("A Star Is Born").
1st Place: Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News ("Sand, Ifs and Putts").
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Golf Today NW ("A Real Seattle Gem Worth Searching For"); Ken MacLeod, Golf Oklahoma ("Nice Guys Finish First"); Jeff Neuman, The Met Golfer ("Lights, Camera, Action"); Jeff Ritter, Sports Illustrated (Holy Rollers: A Round With Three Catholic Priests); Gary Van Sickle, Golf.Com ("Forrest Fezler: The Man Behind The Shorts").
1st Place: Sports Illustrated Golf, Masters Preview Issue (Jeff Ritter, Sr. Editor).
Outstanding Achievers: Golf Oklahoma, June/July 2015 (Ken MacLeod, Publisher); Met Golfer, April/May issue (Jeff Neuman, Editor); NCGA Golf, Winter 2015 (Scott Seward, Editor).
1st Place: The Augusta Golf Show, With John Patrick, in 11 markets across the Southeast.
Outstanding Achievers: Back9Boys Golf Show, Rich Styles Host, Coastal ESPN; Garbedian On Golf, Chuck Garbedian Host, ESPN Wisconsin; Golf Talk Live in Philadelphia, Tony Leodora Host, Eddie Caiazzo Producer; The Golf Insiders, Holly Geoghegan Host, iHeart Radio, Orlando.
1st Place: Rich Styles, Back 9 Boys, ESPN Radio, ("Dottie Pepper Interview").
Outstanding Achiever: Holly Geoghegan, The Golf Insiders, iHeart Radio, Orlando. ("Mike Bender Interview").
1st Place: Tony Leodora, The Traveling Golfer ("Stockton Seaview Resort").
1st Place: Kevin Kane, Virginia Golf Report ("A View From The Top").
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, TheGolfNewsnet.com (Manele Bay: A Special Parcel Of Paradise"); Jeff Neuman, The Met Golfer ("Tahoe Dreaming"); Dan Vukelich, The Met Golfer ("Breaking Par").