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Ron Green Jr. Closing in on GWAA Writing Contest Record

HOUSTON (February 18, 2014) – Some things never change – like Ron Green Jr., and Jaime Diaz taking the stage to accept writing awards.

Global Golf Post’s Green and Golf Digest/Golf World’s Diaz both grabbed the eighth wins of their careers while Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck earned his seventh career win in the 2014 Golf Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest. Global Golf Post‘s Mike Purkey was also awarded an honorable mention in the Daily Columns category.

Green won the Daily Columns honor for his Global Golf Post column on Adam Scott’s historic win at the 2013 Masters, while Diaz was part of a Golf Digest team that won Special Projects with a look at how Latinos impact American golf.

Green and Diaz are tied with Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle — all just one win behind Golf Digest’s Dan Jenkins who holds the record for career first-place honors with nine. Shipnuck is alone in third.

Purkey, of Global Golf Post, was awarded an honorable mention for his column about an autistic boy’s development through golf, “Meeting a Challenge.”’s Ian O’Connor won his sixth honor with his Daily News story on Justin Rose’s U.S. Open win at Merion.

Golf Digest’s Jerry Tarde won the fourth first-place of his career in Non-Daily Columns with “Tiger’s Mulligan” and’s Gary Van Sickle won Daily Features – the second win of his career – with “Courage After Fire, Jason’s Story.

All winners will be honored at the ISPS HANDA GWAA 42nd Annual Awards Dinner presented by the PGA of America and the USGA April 9 at Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Ga.

The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were 485 entries in the 2014 contest.

DAILY COLUMNS — 1. Ron Green Jr., Global Golf Post, Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt;  2, John Garrity,, Groundhog Day for Mickelson; 3, Dave Kindred., Some Kind of Wonderful.
Honorable mention: Ryan Lavner,, Phil’s Best Wins British; Alan Shipnuck, USGA Stands Tall on Ban; Mike Purkey, Global Golf Post, Meeting a Challenge.

DAILY NEWS – 1, Ian O’Connor,, Rose Arrives on Father’s Day; 2, Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, Hail the Great Seizer; 3, Alan Bastable,, Masters What-if for Tiger.
Honorable mentions: Michael Bamberger,, The Story Behind Tiger’s Masters Ruling; Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Mickelson’s Claret Jug; Jim McCabe,, Legends Turn Out for Quigley; Randall Mell,, Inbee

DAILY FEATURES – 1, Gary Van Sickle,, Courage After Fire, Jason’s Story; 2, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Danielsons Stay on Course; 3, Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, Remembering Hogan’s Caddie.
Honorable mention – Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Annie Park’s Wild Ride; Ian O’Connor,, LaCava Proud Newtown Native; Jason Sobel,, Curious case of Chris Couch.

NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest, Tiger’s Mulligan; 2, Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Case for Jason Dufner; 3, Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Golf With Steph Curry
Honorable mention – Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Tiger Rules; Martin Kaufman, Golfweek, Julian’s Message of Dignity; Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Tears Flow for Bones.

NON-DAILY NEWS – 1 , Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Inside Rory’s Big Deal; 2, Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Bishop Rocks (The Boat); 3, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Mickelson’s Masterpiece.
Honorable mention – John Garrity, Sports Illustrated, Adam’s Reign; Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Rose, Merion Validated; Geoff Shackelford, Golf World, Muirfield Frustrates Tiger.

NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Alan Bastable, Golf Magazine, Wally’s World; 2, Jeff Silverman, Golf World, Golf in a POW Camp; 3, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Spieth Rocks Golf World.
Honorable mentions – Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Life with Bub; John Feinstein, Golf World, Tim West, Mr .Monday; John Garrity, Golf Magazine, Feherty on Feherty.

SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Gabriel Thompson, Jaime Diaz, Max Adler and Bob Carney, Golf Digest, How Latinos Impact American golf; 2, Alan Tays, Mercer Baggs and Bailey Mosier,, Remembering Francis Ouimet; 3, Jeff Ritter,, Course Survives Drug War.
Honorable mention – Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, U.S. Open at Merion, Preview; Alan Schupak, Golfweek, Mini-tours, Big Promises; Ron Sirak, Golf Digest, The Fox and The Peacock.


Contact: Melanie Hauser
Golf Writers Association of America or 713.782.6664


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