Golf Journalists Association of Canada Awards Release

Here’s the press release on yesterday’s awards issued by the GJAC — SCOREGolf was the big winner at the event, and Rick Drennan took home two awards.

Lorne Rubenstein presents historican Jim Barclay with a lifetime membership to the GJAC yesterday at St. George's in Toronto.

Lorne Rubenstein presents historican Jim Barclay with a lifetime membership to the GJAC yesterday at St. George's in Toronto.

Annual writing awards ceremony forms part of RBC Canadian Open week

TORONTO, ON (July 21, 2009) “ The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2008 writing awards. Over fifty entries were submitted by twenty members of GJAC from across Canada in categories covering magazine, newspaper and internet stories that were published last year.

Award winners were honoured at a luncheon today at St. Georges Golf & Country Club that followed a morning round of golf on the venerable Stanley Thompson course that will host the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. Defending RBC Canadian Open champion Chez Reavie was on hand at St. Georges to play a few holes with the writers and sponsors of the contest.

Winners of the awards, from publications and websites that include the Globe and Mail, SCOREGolf, OG, and the Winnipeg Free Press, were given a cash prize and other gifts from Pengrowth, one of Canadas leading energy companies and a long-time supporter of golf, as well as additional prizes from ClubLink. Second-place winners were presented with prizes supplied by Acushnet Canada.   Other key supporters of the awards include clothing company Quagmire, Nike Golf, TaylorMade, Callaway and Hollas.

During the luncheon Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Jim Barclay was presented with an honourary lifetime membership to the Golf Journalists Association of Canada for his outstanding contributions to Canadian golf writing. The presentation was made by fellow Hall of Famer and renowned golf writer Lorne Rubenstein.

Following are the award winners and second place finishers in each of the writing categories:

In the Magazine Feature category, Rick Drennan, editor of the Mississauga Business Times, took first place for his feature story on Stephen Ames that appeared in the May 2008 issue of Pulse Magazine. The runner-up was Skip Johns of Kitchener for Heart of Darkness.

Ted McIntyre, editor of Ontario Golf and Golf Style magazines, won in the Magazine Profile category for his story in Golf Style on Natalie Gulbis entitled Blonde Ambition, a look at the LPGA TOUR stars career, fashion and lifestyle. Freelance writer Curtis Gillespie of Calgary took second spot for his profile on Stephen Ames in the June 2008 issue of SCOREGolf magazine.

Another first went to Rick Drennan in the Magazine Editorial category for his look into the business life of Rob McMillan – a Canadian pro who once beat Tiger Woods during his college career – and his recent decision to leave Tour life for a position at Nike Golf Canada. Drennans editorial appeared in the June 2008 issue of Pro Shop Magazine. Second spot went to Globe and Mail columnist Lorne Rubenstein.

In the Newspaper category, freelance writer and columnist Robert Thompson penned the winning Feature entry for his story for the Globe and Mail about the life of the late Steve Duplantis, a PGA TOUR caddie from Brampton, Ontario, who led several PGA TOUR players to some of the top performances of their career. Runner-up Feature award went to Tim Campbell for Southwoods Ace in the Hole that was published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Tears for Lorie grabbed top honours in the News category. The Ottawa Sun piece (August 13, 2008) was written by staffer Chris Stephenson during last years CN Canadian Womens Open about the murder of Oliver Martin, cousin to Lorie Kane who was shot and killed on June 13, 2008 in Toronto. Within the article Lorie discusses the situation and how she plans to move forward and continue to produce winning golf.

Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press, notched another award, this time first place, for his editorial (June 24, 2008) lobbying CN and the RCGA for the city of Winnipeg to host a future CN Canadian Womens Open event. Runner-up honours went to Curtis Gillespie for his Globe and Mail editorial, Golf a Sport?

Robert Thompson (Going for the Green blog site) also received another first-place award for his web based blog series entitled Canadian Golf Architecture Review, a feature series highlighting the work of several Canadian golf architects, analyzing the scope of their work, their career successes and the possibility of what they might accomplish in the future. Grant Fraser had the second place web feature for his travel piece on Ireland that appeared on the Golf of the World website.

In the Web News category, Jason Logan of wins for his blog about the 2008 TOUR Championship after the third round and about the interesting fourth round pairing of Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia.

Finally, Bob Weeks of takes top honours in the Web Editorial category for his online letter to Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, about the historical importance of the Golf Courses in Ontario. The letter was in response to the premiers statement that a society doesnt reveal itself through roads and golf courses. Runner-up honours went to Grant Fraser for an story on watching the 2008 British Open on ABC.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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