Golf News for Thursday, March 9, 2006 | Awards

Golf Writers Association of America presents annual awards

2006 GWAA Contest Results


DAILY COLUMNS - 1, Melanie Hauser, GolfWeb/, Tiger's so ready it's scary; 2, Tom Hanson, Naples Daily News, Jack Nicklaus on losing his grandson and his last Masters; 3, Geoff Shackelford,, Trump Trails.
Honorable mention: Gary D'Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, There goes Tiger Woods winning another major championship; Chris Lewis,, Watching The Golf Channel; Chris Lewis,, Day One, WGC Accenture Match Play; Jason Sobel,, Chris DiMarco stays positive after losing Masters.

DAILY NEWS - 1, Gary D'Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jack Nicklaus misses cut in what likely will be his final appearance in a major championship; 2, Gary D'Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Michelle Wie rocks the John Deere Classic; 3, Jim McCabe, Boston Globe, Tiger Woods captures his fourth Masters.
Honorable mention: Melanie Hauser, GolfWeb/, Kelly Gibson watches Katrina batter his hometown; Ryan Herrington,, Tulane golf teams, displaced by Katrina, compete in their first tournament of the fall; Dave Shedloski,, Jack Nicklaus plays his final championship round at St. Andrews; Mark Soltau,, Casey Martin competes in his final Q-School.

DAILY FEATURES - 1, Mick Elliott, TampaTribune, Mallory Code fights for life; 2, Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer, Tiger Woods talks about his relationship with his father; 3, Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News, Byron Nelson and his woodwork shop.
Honorable mention -- John Dell, Winston-Salem Journal, Vijay Singh's personal trainer; Dan Manoyan, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kevin Hall makes his PGA TOUR debut; Kevin Robbins, Austin American-Statesman, Kevin Frazar, who had a stroke before he was born; Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union, PGA TOUR wives battle negative image.

DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS - 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Phil Mickelson's victory - from all sides; 2, Sam Weinman, The Journal News, The growing phenomenon of high school and college age players on the LPGA Tour; 3, Sam Weinman, The Journal News, The definition of success on the PGA TOUR depends on the player.
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs,, The emergence of English players; Tom Kensler, The Denver Post, A look back at 20 years of The International; Jason Sobel,, The 1-iron isn't dead yet.


NON-DAILY COLUMNS - 1, Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek, When Love Hurts; 2, John Feinstein, Golf Digest, I Still Miss Him Every Single Day; 3, Steve Eubanks, Golf For Women, A father plays golf in the country where he adopted his daughter.
Honorable mention: Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, A family's tale of surviving genocide to find life in a new world; Dave Kindred, Kevin Hall's quiet confidence; Ron Salsig, Golf Today, On Practice Fields, Dead Bodies and Judges.

NON-DAILY NEWS - 1, Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Hard Case; 2, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Michele Wie's debut; 3, Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Championship.
Honorable mention: John Garrity, Sports Illustrated, Sixth green at Pinehurst; Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Tsunami survivor; Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, Michael Campbell celebrates U.S. Open win, his dad celebrates in New Zealand.

NON-DAILY FEATURES - 1, James Dodson, Golf Connoisseur, Arnold Palmer; 2, Leonard Shapiro, Golf For Women, Kris Tschetter; 3, Marcia Chambers, Golf For Women, Same-sex rights at clubs.
Honorable Mention: Tom Cuneff, Golf Connoisseur, Pros and private jets; John Hawkins and Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, Final round of the 2004 Masters; Pete McDaniel, Golf Digest, Calvin Peete.

NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS - 1, Craig Bestrom, Ryan Herrington, Caroline Stetler, Hunki Yun; Golf Digest, Guide to Collegiate Golf; 2, Jeff Neuman, Links Magazine, A golf journey through New Zealand; 3, Peter Finch, Dean Knuth; Golf Digest, Secretive fee structure for visitors to The Old Course at St. Andrews.
Honorable mention: Bill Fields, Golf World, The evolution of the golf tee; Peter McCleery, Golf Digest, Revisiting the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Travel, Ego, Temptation Test Tour Marriages; Matt Rudy, Golf World, Steroids in golf; John Steinbreder, Golfweek, Tale of two Texas courses.