Topgolf’s Erik Anderson, Callaway, Snell Golf Among Winners in 26th Annual ING Industry Honors Awards

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Topgolf Executive Chairman Erik Anderson, Callaway Golf’s Epic Flash Driver and Snell Golf’s MTB-X Golf Balls were among the winners in the 26th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program. Results in 12 categories were announced Thursday at the PGA Merchandise Show.

The ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. The non-profit, media-based networking organization International Network of Golf conducts the awards program.

Nominees in 11 categories are submitted throughout the year from anyone in the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members then vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference. Holly Geoghegan of Golf Marketing Services is the committee chair.

Anderson, the man in charge of the tremendous growth an expansion of the Topgolf brand, was honored by ING in the Business Achievement Category for those efforts. Snell Golf and Callaway each won their respective Product Ingenuity categories for their cutting edge products. 

Other winners included U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance in the Player Development Category, Daphne’s Headcovers in the Product Ingenuity-Soft Goods/Accessories Category and Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor in the Product Ingenuity-Technology Category. Total Golf Trainer won the Product Ingenuity-Training Products category. Bridgestone Golf took home the TV Commercial Award and Tour Edge Golf and Big Cedar Golf won their respective Print Advertising categories. Finn Cycle was best in the Product Ingenuity-Misc. Products category.

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2019 ING Industry Honors Winners/Finalists

Business Achievement

         Winner: Eric Anderson, Executive Chairman, Topgolf Entertainment Group

         Other Finalists: Nick Sherburne, Founder & Joe Lee, CEO, Club Champion; John K. Solheim, President, PING Golf

Player Development

         Winner: U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance

         Other Finalists: Latina Golfers Association; Mistwood Golf Club

Print Advertising – Products & Services

         Winner: Tour Edge Golf – “Warning”

         Other Finalists: Odyssey Putters; Ogio Golf Bags

Print Advertising – Travel & Real Estate

         Winner: Big Cedar Golf – “Ozarks National #8”

         Other Finalists: Casa Del Campo; TPC Vacations

Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Golf Equipment

         Winner: Snell MTB-X Golf Balls

         Other Finalists: Envroll Putters; New Ground Golf Long Irons

Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Soft Goods/Accessories

         Winner: Daphne’s Headcovers

         Other Finalists: Athalonz Golf Shoes; Dunning Golf Apparel

Product Ingenuity – Misc. Products

         Winner: Finn Cycle

         Other Finalists: Golf Skate Caddy; KT Tape

Product Ingenuity – Technology

         Winner: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor

         Other Finalists: Game Golf Digital Shot Tracking System; Live View Golf

Product Ingenuity – Training Products

         Winner: Total Golf Trainer

         Other Finalists: B1 Blue Striker; PuttOUT

Product Ingenuity – Market Leaders- Golf Equipment

         Winner: Callaway Epic Flash Driver

         Other Finalists: Cleveland RTX 4 Wedge; PING Sigma 2 Putter

TV Commercial

           Winner: Bridgestone Golf – “Tour B Split Screen”

          Other Finalists: Farmers Insurance; Supreme Golf