2011 Writing Contest Results


The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were 419 entries in the contest. (Note: *Category with fewer than 10 entries had first place only.)


DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer, Mickelson rewrites his place in history;
2, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Things to do in St. Andrews; 3, George Willis, New

York Post, Mahan’s tears prove Americans care.

Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tiger Woods shows up at the Masters saying and doing all the right things; Dave Hackenberg, Toledo Blade, A year later, LPGA players return to the scene of their tour revolt; Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Phil and Amy Mickelson’s emotional Masters win.
DAILY NEWS – 1, Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer, Mickelson wins a Masters played from the heart;
2, Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, Ryder Cup turns into Mardi Gras; 3, Bill Dwyre, Los

Angeles Times, The unlikely Louis Oosthuizen wins at St. Andrews.

Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Phil Mickelson wins fourth Masters; Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, John Daly rekindles his love affair with St. Andrews; Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, Phil Mickelson wins the Masters.
DAILY FEATURES – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Roberto De Vicenzo looks back on his lost Masters;
2, John Boyette, Augusta Chronicle, Why Augusta reversed nines and how it shaped the
Masters; 3 (tie), Ron Green Jr, Charlotte Observer, Phil Mickelson, family man; Hank Gola,

New York Daily News, Doug Barron fights suspension.

Honorable mention: Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, Erik Compton’s long path to
Pebble Beach; David Westin, Augusta Chronicle, Ken Green honored by GWAA.

* DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Angel Cabrera’s journey from Argentina to Masters champion.


INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Dan Jenkins,, Ramifications of the Tiger Woods scandal;
2, (tie), Dave Seanor,, Jarrod Lyle, not Vijay Singh, deserved to play in the
Open; Ron Sirak,, Adventures at the Tavistock Cup.
Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau,, Weight of the Ryder Cup delivers great impact to winners and losers; Dave Kindred,, Dustin Johnson’s costly mistake
at the PGA; Adam Schupak,, Tom Watson merits an encore at Pebble Beach.
INTERNET NEWS – 1, Dave Kindred,, Phil Mickelson wins the Masters; :
2, Gary Van Sickle,, McDowell’s U.S. Open win is a survival tale; 3, Dave Kindred,, Augusta man holds out against Augusta National.

Honorable mention: Mick Elliott,, Martin Kaymer wins, Bubba Watson loses PGA; Rex Hoggard,, Mickelson wins magical Masters; Randall Mell,, Europeans win Ryder Cup.
INTERNET FEATURES – 1, Lisa D. Mickey,, Kristen Ingram worlds away from her start in an Uzbekistan orphanage;;
2, Steve Eubanks, Global Golf Post, When Terrorism Met Golf; 3, Randall Mell,, Meg Mallon leaves golf to care for dying sister.

Honorable mention: James Achenbach,, Erica Blasberg service; Tony Dear,, Old MacDonald’s design and impact; Helen Ross,, TOUR wives raise awareness of child sex trafficking; Gary Van Sickle,, Power Academy
INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Max Adler,, Traveling the country to find some of America’s most interesting golf stories;
2, Brian Hewitt, Art Spander, John Hopkins, Lorne Rubenstein, Lewine Mair, Mike Purkey, Leonard Shapiro, Peter Kessler, Vartan Kupelian, Global Golf Post, Days at the beach: U.S. Open comes to Pebble; 3, Jason Sobel,, Long strange trip for Open qualifiers. Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs,, A visit to St. Andrews; Mercer Baggs, Randall Mell, Rex Hoggard, Erik Peterson,, Public Access: Three men’s
major championship venues were all public; Brian Hewitt, Steve Eubanks, Mike Purkey, Lorne Rubenstein, Leonard Shapiro, Art Spander, Vartan Kupelian, Lewine Mair, John Steinbreder, Peter Kessler, Global Golf Post, Masters memories.


NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Beth Ann Baldry, Golfweek, Lorena Ochoa retires abruptly to concentrate on family;
2, Jim McCabe, Golfweek, He cried a river of tears: Bubba Watson qualifies for the Ryder
Cup; 3, Rich Skyzinski, Golfweek, Bruce Summerhays says goodbye to competitive golf.
Honorable mention: Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Ken Green inspires when returning to golf after losing his leg; Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest, Harrowing tale of a golfer stomped by an elephant; Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, The lack of innovation in golf course design.
NON-DAILY NEWS –1, Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, The Mystery of Erica Blasberg;
2, Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Phil Mickelson wins the Masters; 3, Jaime Diaz, Golf

Digest, What led to the Tiger Woods scandal?

Honorable mention: Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Monty and Pavin at the
Ryder Cup; Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated, Sergio Garcia plays soccer at THE PLAYERS; Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Amy and Phil Mickelson’s tear-jerker of a family portrait as he wins the Masters.
NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Seve Ballesteros at home in Spain as he battles brain cancer;

2, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Profile of Johnny Miller; 3, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Nick
Faldo 20 years after winning the Masters and British Open.
Honorable mention: Bill Fields, Golf World, Profile of the legendary Bob Drum; John Garrity, Golf Magazine, The end of golf course design’s gilded age; Adam Schupak, Golfweek, Chris Smith returns to the PGA Tour after his wife’s death; Josh Sens, Golf Magazine, Counterfeit golf clubs.
NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1. Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Channeling Ben Hogan;
2, Beth Ann Baldry, Sean Martin, Golfweek, What is the value of a college degree?; 3 (tie), Dean Knuth, Mike Stachura, Golf Digest, How tough is Augusta National?; Chris Millard, Golf World, Impact of the economy on the future of golf course architecture.
Honorable mention: Matthew Rudy, Golf Digest, Do women putt worse than men?; Adam
Schupak, Golfweek, Walking Wounded: The PGA Tour’s medical extension.