2009 Writing Contest Results


The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were
481 entries in the contest. (Note: Categories with fewer than 20 entries had first, second and third places, but honorable mention.)


DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Ian O’Connor, The Record, Streelman’s gift to his father

; 2, Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer The reasons we love golf; 3, Bill Dwyre, Los
Angeles Times, Tiger is a Drama King.
Honorable mention: Dan Manoyan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Perry keeps his word; Randall Mell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Judy Rankin raises breast cancer awareness; Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Repercussions of Tiger’s U.S. Open win; Ian O’Connor, The Record, Gary Player at Augusta.

DAILY NEWS – 1, Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, Tiger Woods wins U.S. Open;

2, Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Padraig Harrington outduels Sergio Garcia at
PGA; 3, Hank Gola, New York Daily News, U.S. wins Ryder Cup.
Honorable mention: Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, Big Three plays at the U.S.
Open; Ian O’Connor, The Record, Hunter Mahan takes Barclays lead; Art Spander,
Oakland Tribune, Sergio Garcia ends criticism, wins THE PLAYERS.

DAILY FEATURES – 1, Ian O’Connor, The Record, Drew Weaver and the Virginia Tech Tragedy; ll

2, Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal, Kim conquers demons; 3, Randall Mell,
South Florida Sun Sentinel, Denis Watson’s long battle.
Honorable Mention: Doug Ferguson. The Associated Press, Feherty gives his heart and laughter to the troops; Bob Gillespie, The State, Goalby reflects on 1968
Masters; Ron Green , Jr., Charlotte Observer, Jim Nantz deals with his father’s death.

DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Life and career of Zach Johnson;

2, Scott Michaux, and David Westin, Augusta Chronicle, Three players from Milton,
Fla; 3, Hank Gola, New York Daily News, The mind of Tiger Woods.


(added 2007, previously with Daily)

INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Mike McAllister,, Tiger wins U.S. Open on one leg;


2, Jeff Babineau,, Padraig Harrington isn’t afraid of hard work; 3,
(tie) Evan Rothman,, LPGA’s language rule; Ron Sirak,, Sports and Tiger led to Obama.
Honorable mention: Matt Ginella,, Bayonne CC and 9/11; Melanie Hauser,, Rocco’s living a dream at the U.S. Open; Jeff Neuman,, Tiger’s Open Sunday.

INTERNET NEWS – 1, Bob Harig,, Haney calls Open victory Tiger’s greatest;


2, Gary Van Sickle,, Tiger takes Torrey on one leg; 3, Melanie Hauser,, Greg Norman reflects in the gentleman’s changing room. Honorable mention : Helen Ross,, Padraig Harrington wins Open
Championship; Jason Sobel,, Annika enters last phase of her career; Eric
Soderstrom,, U.S.celebrates Ryder Cup victory in style.

INTERNET FEATURES – 1, John Barton,, Media gathering at Augusta National;

2; Tim Rosaforte,, A side of Vijay Singh few know; 3, David Shefter,, Midnight Golf.
Honorable mention: Michael Bamberger,, NBC crew wings it for U.S.
Open; Bob Harig,, Brits love to bet, especially on the Open; Sam
Weinman,, PGA Tour’s split with Westchester CC

INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Bob Harig and Jason Sobel,,

Arnie, a week at the Masters; 2, Jim Moriarty,, The Boo Chronicles;
3, Mike McAllister,, Inside the world of Scotty Cameron.


NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, John Garrity, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Nick Faldo

blamed for Europe’s failings; 2, Bob Verdi, Golf World, Why golf doesn’t have Olympic appeal; 3, Jaime Diaz, Golf World, Players’ responsibilities in the wake of an economic recession.
Honorable mention: Dave Anderson, Golf World, Seve fights from the rough; Dave
Kindred, Golf Digest, Three members of a foursome die in plane crash; Alistair Tait,
Golfweek, Beggars outside Delhi Golf Club

NON-DAILY NEWS – 1, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Up-and-down relationship of Paul Zinger and Nick Faldo;

2, Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Rocco Mediate’s savior; 3, Bill
Fields, Golf World, Padraig Harrington wins a very British Open.
Honorable mention: Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, How NBC covered the Open; John Garrity, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Norman is making a comeback; Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, Is Tiger Woods’ knee injury career ending?
‘NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Erik Compton recovers from second heart transplant;
2, Tom Callahan, Golf Digest, What makes Padraig Harrington tick?; 3, Jaime Diaz,
Golf Digest, Behind the scenes of Tiger’s tumultuous year.
Honorable mention: Alan Bastable, Golf Magazine, Arjun Atwal; John Hawkins,
Golf World, Open playoff for the ages; Jim Moriarty, Golf World, The world according to Mark Calcavecchia.

NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, John Barton, Golf Digest, Golf in China;
2, Rex Hoggard, Golfweek, Argentinian golf; 3, Gene Yasuda, Adam Schupak, Brad
Klein, Rex Hoggard, Golfweek, Municipal golf in the U.S.
Honorable mention: John Barton, Mike Stachura, Jerry Tarde, Ron Whitten; Golf
Digest, Golf’s effect on the environment; Chris Millard, Brett Avery, Bob Carney, Golf Digest, Economy’s affect on golf; Adam Schupak, Brad Klein, James Achenbach, Golfweek, USGA’s new leadership and transformation