As the world’s largest gathering of the golf industry, the PGA Merchandise Show is an ideal setting to honor professionals for excellence in their fields in front of peers and golf’s leaders.
A listing of awards is below and will be updated as new recipients are announced.
Gary Van Sickle and John Steinbreder each won two categories in the 25th Annual ING Media Awards program. Results in 13 categories were announced Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show.
1st Place: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian (“Tiger Woods”)
Outstanding Achievers: Tom Coyne (“A Course Called Scotland”); Chris Rodell (“Arnold Palmer-Homespun Stories of The King”).
1st Place: Alexander Alavoie, Chronogolf Blog (“How to Reach Millennial Golfers”).
Outstanding Achievers: John Paul Newport, The Met Golfer (“Sticker Shock”); Gary Van Sickle, The Morning Read (“For Bridgestone, Tiger Matters”).
1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“Tiger Lives!”)
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Golf World UK (“What And Where Is Bellerive CC”); Len Ziehm, The Daily Herald (“Park Wins KPMG In Playoff”).
EQUIPMENT & APPAREL WRITING
1st Place: Vic Williams, Golf Tips Magazine (“The Complete Power Package”)
Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Colorado Avid Golfer (”The Clubfitter Turned Clubmaker”); Ed Travis, The A Position (“Dangerously Wrong”); Ken Van Vechten, The Met Golfer (“The Sweetest Sound”).
1st Place: John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Tales From The Design Trail”).
Outstanding Achievers: David Barrett, The Met Golfer (“The Superintendent’s Revenge”); Hank Gola, The Met Golfer (“Mission Accomplished”); Gary Van Sickle, The Morning Read (“PGA Misses Lyle”); Len Ziehm, Chicagoland Golf (“The Healing Game”).
1st Place: Randy Dodson, Fairways Media (“Utah Golf Reround Show-August 2018)”).
Outstanding Achievers: Dan Higgins, Golf Channel (“Legacy Links”); George McNeilly, Orlando Business TV (“Amazing Golf Products”).
1st Place: Tom Doak, The Met Golfer (“Consulting Report: Mission Impossible”).
Outstanding Achievers: Bill Fields, Met Golfer (“Doglegs By The Dozen”); Alexander Lavoie, Chronogolf Blog (“No, Millennials Don’t Want To Play A 5-Hour Round Of Golf”); Ann Liguori, WFAN.Com (“Tradition Rich Shinnecock Should Provide Tough Test”); Len Ziehm, Chicagoland Golf (“The Big Conflict”).
1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“The Man Who Beat Parkinson’s-With Golf”).
Outstanding Achievers: Bill Fields, The Met Golfer (“Novel Approach“); Jon Rizzi, Colorado Avid Golfer (“Apres-Golf In Aspen”); John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Retiring Uihlein Burned A Splendid Torch”).
1st Place: The Met Golfer, April/May 2018 Issue (Jeff Neuman, Editor).
Outstanding Achievers: Colorado Avid Golfer, June Issue (Jon Rizzi, Editor); Golf Oklahoma, College Championship Preview Edition (Ken MacLeod, Publisher); Golf Tips Magazine, July/August Issue (Vic Williams, Editor); NCGA News (Adam Schupak, Editor).
1st Place: The Golf Industry Podcast, Matt Welliver, Host (“The Ryder Cup With Paul Armitage”).
Outstanding Achievers: Talking Golf Getaways, With Mitch Laurance & Darin Bunch, GolfNewsNet.com; Talking Golf, With Ann Liguori, WFAN –NY; The ModGolf Podcast, With Colin Weston.
1st Place: Rich Styles, Back 9 Boys, ESPN Radio (“Dr. Bob Jones 1V Interview”).
Outstanding Achiever: Fred Altvater, Back 9 Report (“Ryder Cup Preview”); Chuck Garbedian, Garbedian On Golf (“Armen Keteyian Interview”); Ann Liguori. Talking Golf With Ann Liguori (“Nancy Lopez Interview).
1st Place: Dave Lockhart, Golf360 (“September 2018”).
Outstanding Achiever: Fred Altvater, Back9 Report (“USAGA”); Tony Leodora, The Traveling Golfer (“The Abaco Club”); George McNeilly, Orlando Business TV (“PGA Merchandise Show”).
1st Place: John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Continental Charm”).
Outstanding Achievers: Jeff Neuman, The Met Golfer (“Myrtle Beach. Seriously.”); Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“The Joy Of Playing Unimpeded”); Vic Williams, Golf Tips Magazine (“An Outback Original”).
PGA OF CANADA
The PGA of Canada is proud to announce its 2018 National Award winners and newest Hall of Fame inductee.
The entire slate of award winners and hall of fame inductee were honored on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the association’s PGA of Canada Night celebrations at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Murray Tucker Golf Professional of the Year:
Debbie Savoy-Morel, Le Mirage; Quebec
George Knudson Teacher of the Year:
Gareth Raflewski, RiverBend Golf Community, Ontario
Mike Weir Player of the Year:
Pierre-Alexandre Bedard, Club de golf Cap Rouge; Quebec
Ben Kern Coach of the Year:
Jeff Chambers, Elmwood Golf & Country Club; Saskatchewan
Moe Norman Candidate for Membership of the Year:
Casey Ward, Credit Valley Golf & Country Club, Ontario
Tex Noble Professional Development Award:
Jason Giesbrecht, Royal Colwood Golf Club, British Columbia
Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year:
Padraig Kelly, Ladies Golf Club of Toronto, Ontario
Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year:
Greg Pool, Capilano Golf & Country Club, British Columbia
Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year:
Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwack Golf Club, British Columbia;
Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year:
Alan Carter, Edmonton Country Club; Alberta;
George Cumming Distinguished Service Award:
Sandy Jones, United Kingdom.
2019 PGA of Canada Hall of Fame Inductee:
Paul Sherratt, Rideau View Golf Club in Ontario.
LPGA TEACHING & COACHING PROFESSIONALS
The following individuals were presented with award on Thursday, January 24, during the T&CP Rolex Awards Reception at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.
Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award:
Junior Golf Leadership Award:
Coach of the Year:
Professional of the Year:
Teacher of the Year:
Rolex Ellen Griffin Award:
2019 Sandy LaBauve Spirt Award:
LPGA Teaching & Club Professional (T&CP) member Stephanie Peareth, who is site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Miami, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award, the most coveted honor bestowed by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.
Peareth, a truly inspirational figure who underwent the first two of her three brain surgeries before taking over as Miami site director in 2015, was presented with her award on Thursday, January 24, during the T&CP Rolex Awards Reception at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.
ING INDUSTRY HONORS
Wilson Golf GM Tim Clarke, Tour Edge’s Exotics EXS Driver and Knuth Golf’s High Heat 257+ metalwoods were among the winners in the 25th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business.
Results in 12 categories were announced on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.
Winner: Tim Clarke, GM at Wilson Golf
Other Finalists: Dana Garmany, Troon Golf; Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Course Design
Winner: Golf Central Magazine/TPC Sawgrass
Other Finalists: Golf Pulp Media/Power Pack Golf/J2 Golf Marketing/
Hidden Valley G.C.
Winner: Youth On Course
Other Finalists: Hurricane Junior Golf Tour; U.S. Kids Golf Foundation
PRINT ADVERTISING – PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Winner: Callaway All Black – “Explore The Options”
Other Finalists: Ben Hogan; Odyssey
PRINT ADVERTISING – TRAVEL & REAL ESTATE
Winner: Hammock Beach – “Don’t let the blue distract you from the Green”
Other Finalists: Bermuda 3S Pro-Am; Erin Hills Golf Club
PRODUCT INGENUITY – EMERGING COMPANIES (GOLF EQUIPMENT)
Winner: High Heat 257+ Metalwoods
Other Finalists: Bloodline Putters; Snell MTB Golf Balls
PRODUCT INGENUITY – EMERGING COMPANIES
Winner: CopperTech Glove
Other Finalists: Original Penguin; Vessel Golf Bags
PRODUCT INGENUITY – MISC. PRODUCTS
Winner: Zero Friction Spectra Supertubes
Other Finalists: Chippo Golf Game; Golf Words
PRODUCT INGENUITY – TECHNOLOGY
Winner: Voice Caddie
Other Finalists: GolfLogix; Live View Golf
PRODUCT INGENUITY – TRAINING PRODUCTS
Winner: The Orange Whip Wedge
Other Finalists: SQRDUP; SuperSpeed Golf
PRODUCT INGENUITY – MARKET LEADERS
Winner: Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver
Other Finalists: Cobra F9 Speedback Driver; PING Glide 2.0 Wedge
Winner: LPGA – “The Next Wave”
Other Finalists: Callaway Golf; Grant Thornton