2012 Writing Contest Results


The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were 492 entries in the contest. (Note: *Category with fewer than 10 entries had first place only.)
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DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Remembering Seve; 2, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Wild final round at the Masters; 3, Ron Green, Jr, Charlotte Observer, McIlroy handles Masters collapse with grace.
Honorable mention: Dave Anderson, The New York Times, Seve Ballesteros’ death; Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sherri Steinhauer pushes on after her mother’s death; Dave Hackenberg, Toledo Blade, USGA setup as soft as the conditions at U.S. Senior Open.
DAILY NEWS – 1, Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, A Toast to Darren Clarke; 2, Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Mystique eroding, Tiger goes on like nothing has changed; 3, Adam Schupak, The New York Times, U.S. wins The Presidents Cup.
Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McIlroy makes U.S. Open look easy; Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Keegan Bradley wins PGA; Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, McIlroy wns U.S. Open going away.
DAILY FEATURES – 1, Steve Adamek, The Record, Stacy Lewis overcomes scoliosis 2, Tim Cronin, Southtown Star, Legally blind golfer on varsity; 3, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Steve Stricker searches for major.
Honorable mention: Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Money games Phil Mickelson plays; Hank Gola, New York Daily News, The state of American golf; David Westin, Augusta
Chronicle, Masters caddie Carl Jackson celebrates milestone.

* DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Team Mickelson revisits 2010 Masters.


INTERNET NEWS – 1, Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM, Masters winner calm amid the chaos;

2 (tie), Dave Shedloski, Golf World Monday, Internationals searching after U.S. wins Presidents Cup again; Jason Sobel, GOLFCHANNEL.COM, The Rory McIlroy Era. Honorable mention – Mick Elliott,, Yani Tseng wins LPGA Championship; Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM, Cabrera jumps into contention at the Masters; Cameron Morfit,, McIlroy cruises to first major title.

INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Gene Wojciechowski,, The slowest player on the planet;

2, Dave Kindred,, Rory’s remarkable growth captured in a single shot; 3, Alan Bastable,, Open letter to Rory McIlroy from the media. Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau,, Phil Mickelson’s exciting adventure in opening round of the U.S. Open; Michael Bamberger,, Seve tribute; Cameron Morfit,, An obit for Tiger’s aura.

INTERNET FEATURES – 1, Gene Wojciechowski,, Rory McIlroy Goes Home; chowski-110711&sportCat=golf 2, Jay Flemma,, Dan Jenkins goes into the World Golf Hall of Fame; 3, Jeff Ritter,, Gallery guards at Augusta National. Honorable mention – Rhonda Glenn,, Remembering Babe Zaharias; Dave Shedloski,, Ken Venturi recalls his 1964 U.S. Open victory; Mike Walker,, The

Siller brothers remember their firefighter brother.

INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Mercer Baggs,, Revisting New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina;
2, Ron Whitten,, Augusta National through the years; 3, Mike McAllister,, 40 years later: Alan Shepard’s moon shot.
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs, Bailey Mosier,, A year with three mini- tour players; Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jason Sobel,, Death of Seve
Ballesteros; Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell,, A primer for the year’s first major.


NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, John Feinstein, Golf World, Athletes need to remember they are accountable for what goes on in their lives; news/2011-02/gwar-john-feinstein-final-say 2, David Feherty, Golf Magazine, The sorcerer

from Santander: Seve Ballesteros; 3, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Rory McIlroy establishes himself as the anti-Tiger.
Honorable mention: ; John Huggan, Golf World, Saying goodbye to Seve.
Mike Purkey, Global Golf Post, Australia kicks John Daly out; Mike Purkey, Global Golf Post, Steve Williams goes racist; Steve Rushin, Golf Digest, Obama vs. Boehner: A wedge issue.
NON-DAILY NEWS – 1, Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Tommy Gainey and his two gloves; 2, Bill Fields, Golf World, Death of Seve Ballesteros; 3, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Darren Clarke wins British Open.
Honorable mention – Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Who is Keegan Bradley?; Jim Moriarty, Golf
World, McIlroy wins U.S. Open; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Bill Murray wins at

NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Chris Millard, Golf World, Profile of Verne Lundquist, who delivered the call on Nicklaus’ putt at 17 in 1986; news/2011-03/golf-millard-lundquist-0321 2, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Roger Maltbie; 3, Cameron Morfit, Golf Magazine, Erik Compton new shot at life.

Honorable mention: Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Tiger’s swing evolution; John Garrity, The
Memorial, Nancy Lopez reflects upon a Hall of Fame career; Steve Rushin, Golf Digest,
Police, firemen and golf.

NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Professional golf expands into Middle East; European Tour deepens roots there;

2, Brian Hewitt, Vartan Kupelian, Lewine

Mair, Mike Purkey, Art Spander, Global Golf Post, The Five Greatest U.S. Opens; 3 (tie)
John Garrity, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Hebridean villagers restore Old Tom Morris’s “ghost course; Dave Shedloski, Golf World, Jack Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters victory recounted. Honorable mention: Beth Ann Baldry, Gene Yasuda, Golfweek, Blackwelder building U.S. women’s golf; Mike Cullity, Bill Fields, Geoff Shackelford, Golf World, Golf’s rules; Mike Purkey, John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post, The Two Irelands.