2006 Writing Contest Results



Daily Columns

1, Melanie Hauser, GolfWeb/, Tiger’s so ready it’s scary 

2, Tom Hanson, Naples Daily News, Jack Nicklaus on losing his grandson and his last Masters 

3, Geoff Shackelford,, Trump Trails 

Honorable mention:   
Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, There goes Tiger Woods winning another major championship  
Chris Lewis,, Watching The Golf Channel  
Chris Lewis,, Day One, WGC Accenture Match Play 
Jason Sobel,, Chris DiMarco stays positive after losing Masters

Daily News

1, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jack Nicklaus misses cut in what likely will be his final appearance in a major championship

2, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Michelle Wie rocks the John Deere Classic 

3, Jim McCabe, Boston Globe, Tiger Woods captures his fourth Masters 

Honorable mention:  
Melanie Hauser, GolfWeb/, Kelly Gibson watches Katrina batter his hometown  
Ryan Herrington,, Tulane golf teams, displaced by Katrina, compete in their first tournament of the fall
Dave Shedloski,, Jack Nicklaus plays his final championship round at St. Andrews 
Mark Soltau,, Casey Martin competes in his final Q-School 

Daily Features

1, Mick Elliott, Tampa Tribune, Mallory Code fights for her life 

2, Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, Tiger Woods talks about his relationship with his father

3, Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News, Byron Nelson and his woodwork shop 

Honorable mention:   
John Dell, Winston-Salem Journal, Vijay Singh’s personal trainer
Dan Manoyan, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kevin Hall makes his PGA Tour debut 
Kevin Robbins, Austin American-Statesman, Kevin Frazar, who had a stroke before he was born
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union, PGA Tour wives battle negative image

Daily Special Projects

1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Phil Mickelson’s victory – from all sides

2, Sam Weinman, The Journal News, The growing phenomenon of high school and college age players on the LPGA Tour

3, Sam Weinman, The Journal News, The definition of success on the PGA Tour depends on the player

Honorable mention:  
Mercer Baggs,, The emergence of English players
Tom Kensler, Denver Post, A look back at 20 years of The International
Jason Sobel,, The 1-iron isn’t dead yet 


Non-Daily Columns 
1, Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek, When Love Hurts 

2, John Feinstein, Golf Digest, I Still Miss Him Every Single Day 

3, Steve Eubanks, Golf for Women, A father plays golf in the country where he adopted his daughter 

Honorable mention:  
Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, A family’s tale of surviving genocide to find life in a new world 
Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Kevin Hall’s quite confidence  
Ron Salsig, Golf Today, On Practice, Dead Bodies and Judges 

Non-Daily News 
1, Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Hard Case

2, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Michelle Wie’s debut 

3, Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Championship 

Honorable mention: 
John Garrity, Sports Illustrated, Sixth green at Pinehurst
Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Tsunami survivor
Tim Rosaforte, Golf Digest, Michael Campbell celebrates U.S. Open win, his dad celebrates in New Zealand

Non-Daily Features
1, James Dodson, Golf Connoisseur, Arnold Palmer

2, Leonard Shapiro, Golf for Women, Kris Tschetter  

3, Marcia Chambers, Golf for Women, Same-sex rights at clubs  

Honorable mention:  
Tom Cuneff, Golf Connoisseur, Pros and private jets 
John Hawkins and Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, Final round of the 2004 Masters 

Non-Daily Special Projects
1, Craig Bestrom, Ryan Herrington, Caroline Stetler, Hunki Yun, Golf Digest, Guide to Collegiate Golf

2, Jeff Neuman, LINKS magazine, A golf journey through New Zealand

3, Peter Finch, Dean Knuth, Golf Digest, Secretive fee structure for visitors to The Old Course at St. Andrews 

Honorable mention: 
Bill Fields, Golf World, The evolution of the golf tee 
Peter McCleery, Golf Digest, Revisiting the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Travel, Ego, Temptation Test Tour Marriages
Matt Rudy, Golf World, Steroids in golf
John Steinbreder, Golfweek, Tale of two Texas courses