Gary Van Sickle, Alan Shipnuck and Alan Bastable had their work chosen as the best in the business by the Golf Writers Association of America. (Kohjiro Kinno, Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated).
Sports Illustrated senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle and Golf Magazine features editor Alan Bastable each won first-place awards in the 2014 Golf Writers Association of America annual writing contest.
Shipnuck's honor was the seventh GWAA award he has received in his career. He's now third on the all-time list. Van Sickle won for the second time in his career, while Bastable took home his first award.
Shipnuck won the Non-Daily News category with a look inside Rory McIlroy’s deal with Nike (Sports Illustrated). He also picked up a second and third in Non-Daily Columns for The Case For ... Jason Dufner (Sports Illustrated) and Golf with Steph Curry (Sports Illustrated). He received honorable mention in Daily Columns for USGA Stands Tall on Putter Ban (Golf.com).
Van Sickle won in Daily Features for a profile of Jason Schechterle (Golf.com), a scratch golfer and retired homicide detective who thrives despite suffering from fourth-degree burns.
Bastable earned the top spot in Non-Daily Features for his story on Wally Markham, a lottery winner who purchased and renovated his beloved La Porte City Golf Club in Iowa (Golf Magazine). Bastable finished third in the Daily News category for a story about Tiger Woods' missed opportunity at the 2013 Masters (Golf.com).
Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Bamberger grabbed second-place honors in the Non-Daily News category for "Bishop Rocks (The Boat)," a profile of PGA of America President Ted Bishop (Sports Illustrated). He also received honorable mention in the Daily News category for "The Story Behind Tiger’s Masters Ruling" (Golf.com), for "Tiger Rules" (Sports Illustrated) in the Non-Daily Columns category, and for "Life With Bub, a profile of Robert Tyre Jones IV," the grandson of Bobby Jones (Sports Illustrated).
Sports Illustrated contributor John Garrity was second in Daily Columns for Groundhog Day for Mickelson (Golf.com) and earned honorable mention in the Non-Daily Features category for his portrait of David Feherty in Feherty on Feherty (Golf Magazine) and in the Non-Daily News category for Adam's Reign (Sports Illustrated) on Adam Scott's Masters victory.
Golf Magazine senior editor Jeff Ritter received a third-place award in Special Projects for his feature on Club Campestre, a golf course that has thrived despite being caught in the middle of the Mexican drug war (Golf Magazine).
There were 485 entries in the contest. Winners will be honored at an awards dinner April 9 at Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Ga.
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