2008 Writing Contest Results



DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Randall Mell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mark Wilson;

2, Jim McCabe, Boston Globe, Tribute to John Mineck’s passion; 3, Ian O’Connor, The
Record, Investing in Zach Johnson.
Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Arnold’s ceremonial shot; Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, A day in the rain at St. Andrews; Art Spander,
Oakland Tribune, John Daly trying to regain control.

DAILY NEWS – 1, Jim McCabe, Boston Globe, Phil brings Dave Pelz to Oakmont;
2, Ed Sherman, Chicago Tribune, Final round of the British Open; 3, John Dell, Winston- Salem Journal, MacKenzie sizzles in first round of Wyndham Championship.
Honorable mention: Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Daly grips, rips in Tulsa; Bob
Gillespie, The State, Zach Johnson wins Masters; Ian O’Connor, The Record, Brutal
conditions at Augusta.

DAILY FEATURES – 1, Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Meaghan Francella beats odds and

Annika Sorenstam;
2, Randall Mell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Martin “The Fat Man” Stanovich; 3, Jim
Owczarski, Naperville Sun, Curtis Malm makes it to Nationwide Tour.
Honorable Mention: John Boyette, Augusta Chronicle, Masters chairman Billy Payne; Gary
D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Allen Doyle deserves more respect; Ian O’Connor, The
Record, Brett Wetterich at the Masters.

DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, Tiger Woods – a Masterful Decade; 2, Scott Michaux, The Augusta Chronicle, The various sides of Phil Mickelson; 3, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Model for private clubs in death throes.

Honorable mention: Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Reconstructing Tiger’s ’97 Masters; Bob Gillespie, The State, Toughest Course hosts Senior PGA; Ed Sherman, Chicago Tribune, Golf Courses and trees.


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INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Jim Gorant,, Jenny Hansen dedicates game to husband’s memory;

2, Rex Hoggard,, Erik Compton is a medical miracle; 3, Eric Soderstrom,, Inside Isleworth with Tiger and the Stanford team.
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs,, Who’s better – Tiger or Federer?; Beth Ann Baldry,, Time for a new LPGA Qualifying School venue? ; Lisa D. Mickey,, Se Ri Pak has led a nation.

INTERNET NEWS – 1, Melanie Hauser,, Steve Stricker wins The Barclays;
2, Gary Van Sickle,, Scott Verplank’s win was a dream come true; 3, Cameron
Morfit,, Padraig Harrington wins British Open.
Honorable mention: Jay Flemma,, John Daly in the hunt at the PGA Championship; Cameron Morfit,, Zach Johnson wins the Masters; Eric Soderstrom,, Greensburg’s unexpected gift.

INTERNET FEATURES – 1, Lisa D. Mickey,, Jenny Hansen;
2, David Shefter,, Daffodil Sanchez; 3, Jeff Babineau,, Dennis
Pines Golf Club
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs,, Kim Julian fights ALS after it takes her husband’s life; Mercer Baggs,, Scott Draper; Ron Sirak,, Traveling with six LPGA players to Rwanda

INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Dave Shedloski,, Tiger’s first decade;

2, Jason Sobel,, Life as a caddie; 3, Stina Sternberg,, Blogs
from the Solheim Cup.
Honorable mention: Brett Avery,, Blog from first day of Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; Jay Flemma,, Bulls Bay; Ron Sirak,, A trip through Sweden.


NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Betty Cuniberti, Golf for Women, Envying members of private country clubs;

2, Joe Queenan, Golf Digest, Defending “slackers” who play golf; 3, Dave Kindred, Golf
Digest, Millionaire Sid Frank.
Honorable mention: Tom Callahan, Golf Digest, Phil and Tiger grow closer; Jaime Diaz, Golf World, What Tiger does or doesn’t owe the PGA Tour; Dan Jenkins, Golf Digest, Age takes its toll in golf.
NON-DAILY NEWS – 1, Alan Shipnuck Sports Illustrated, Tiger wins 13th major;,28136,1652784,00.html
2, John Garrity, Golf Magazine, Johnny Miller; 3, Jaime, Diaz, Golf Digest, Michelle Wie’s bewildering decline as a player.
Honorable mention: Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Johnson wins Masters; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Harrington overcomes burn at Carnoustie; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Zach Johnson
wins Masters; Ron Sirak, Golf World, Cristie Kerr wins U.S. Women’s Open.
NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Alan Shipnuck and Luis Fernando Llosa, Sports Illustrated, Angel Cabrera fights from barrio to U.S. Open champion;,28136,1652947,00.html
2, E.M. Swift, Golf Digest, Oakmont members revel in misery; 3, Ron Whitten, Golf Digest,
Profile of legendary caddie Carl Jackson.
Honorable mention: Bill Fields, Golf World, Ben Hogan’s last Masters; Dave Kindred, Golf
Digest, Profile of Billy Payne; Jason Lusk, The town of Milton, Fla., has produced unlikely
PGA Tour trio.

NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Ron Sirak, Golf World, LPGA players travel to Rwanda on humanitarian mission;

2, Dave Kindred, Tom Callahan, Pete Finch, Golf Digest, Adventures on a golf trip in a
mobile home; 3, Pete McDaniel, Jaime Diaz, John Huggan, Peter Morrice, Mark Soltau, Bob Verdi, Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, 10th anniversary of Tiger Woods’ 12-stroke win at Augusta. Honorable mention: Beth Ann Baldry, Golfweek, Korean domination may be coming to an
end; John Garrity, Sports Illustrated, Conversations with golf’s ghosts; Rex Hoggard, Golfweek, Australians strive for Masters prize.