2003 Writing Contest Results



Daily Columns

1, Jeff Babineau,, Penn State golfers honor former teammate 

2, George Willis, New York Post, Larry Beem watches his son win PGA Championship 

3, Ron Sirak,, Arnold Palmer’s last competitive round at Augusta National 

Honorable mention:   
Jeff Babineau,, Nancy Lopez plays in her final U.S. Women’s Open  
James R. Misunas, Hutchinson News, The words Open Championship  
Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Jeff Julian’s attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open

Daily News

1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Rich Beem wins the PGA

2, Art Spander, Oakland Tribune, U.S. loses the Ryder Cup 

3, Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Hootie Johnson defends Augusta 

Honorable mention:  
Bob Harig, St. Petersburg Times, Brutal weather leads to Tiger Woods’ worst score as a pro  
Leonard Shapiro, Washington Post, Tiger Woods has his worst round as a pro
Art Spander, Oakland Tribune, Opening round of the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black

Daily Features

1, Garry Smits , Florida Times-Union, A look at yet another comeback attempt by John Daly 

2, Leonard Shapiro , Washington Post, Augusta braces for continuing debate over “men only.”

3, Thomas Bonk, Los Angeles Times, Sex and the LPGA 

Honorable mention:  
Todd Graff, Greensboro News & Record, Despite an abrasive exterior, there’s a softer side to Scott Hoch
Vartan Kupelian, Detroit News, Changes at Augusta National 
Dan Raley, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Revisiting Fred Couples’ Masters victory 10 years later

Daily Special Projects

1, Glenn Sheeley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Augusta National stretches out for the technology explosion

2, Bill Nichols, Dallas Morning News, The impact Tiger Woods has had on minority golf participation

3, Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News, Gambling in golf

Honorable mention:  
Nick Nicholas,, An inside look at what an everyday player goes through to play Bethpage Black
Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News, Player perks at the Byron Nelson Classic


Non-Daily Columns 
1, Bill Fields, Golf World, The folly of the Major Champions Tour 

2, John Hawkins, Golf World: Martha Burk’s frivolous crusade 

3, Dave Seanor, Golfweek, What would happen if PGA TOUR pros had just 10 clubs in their bags 

Honorable mention:  
Mike Lupica, T&L Golf, Scott Hoch 
Peter McCleery, Golf World, European Tour on The Golf Channel 
Ron Sirak, Golf World, Golf 20/20 doesn’t see clearly

Non-Daily News 
1, Brett Avery, Golf Journal, Man on a Mission: Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open

2, Bill Fields , Golf World, The death of Sam Snead 

3, Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, Rich Beem wins the PGA Championship 

Honorable mention: 
Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, Boo Weekley
Dave Seanor, Golfweek, Tiger Woods’ travails at the British Open
Bob Verdi, Golf World, Neal Lancaster’s collapse at the Bell Canadian Open

Non-Daily Features
1, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Phil Mickelson profile

2, Bill Fields and Tim Rosaforte , Golf World, The pain and pleasure of Jimmy Dunne, saved by golf on 9/11 

3, John Huggan, Golf Digest, Nick Faldo profile 

Honorable mention: 
Bill Fields, Golf World, All Augustas not in Georgia 
Dave Seanor, Golfweek, Sheena and Jack Willoughby, owners of the Dunvegan Hotel in St. Andrews 
Nick Seitz, Golf Digest, Jackie Burke profile

Non-Daily Special Projects
1, Peter McCleery, Golf Digest, Removing trees from America’s best courses

2, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Augusta National

3, Dave Seanor, et al, Golfweek, Golfing in Ireland 

Honorable mention: 
Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Equipment stalemate 
Ron Kapriske, Golf Digest, Worst golf homes
Gene Yasuda, Golfweek, Made in China