Alan Shipnuck takes first place in 2013 GWAA writing contest
Shipnuck's oral history of the thrilling final Sunday of the 2011 Masters was awarded first place in the "Special Projects" category. He also received honorable mentions in the non-daily column category for two columns: "Dufner is golf's coolest man" and "Rory is not Tiger." In addition, Shipnuck earned an honorable mention for non-daily news for his piece on Rory McIlroy's global brand and took second place in the non-daily features category for his work detailing how Jhonattan Vegas became the "Pride of Venezuela."
Shipnuck wrote his first cover story for Sports Illustrated in 1994 and became a staff writer for the magazine in '96.
Here are the other Golf.com and Sports Illustrated winners and honorable mentions:
- Non-Daily News: Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated, 2nd place -- "Red Storm Rising"
- Non-Daily News: Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, 3rd place -- "Phil Wins, Tiger loses at Pebble"
- Non-Daily Features: Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated, 2nd place -- "Education of Tom Watson
DAILY COLUMNS – 1. Dave Seanor, Yahoo! Sports, "The false promise of Tiger Woods"; 2. Jeff Rude, Golfweek.com, "Vivid memories of Hogan and Nelson"; 3. John Hopkins, GlobalGolfPost.com, "In praise of the Amateur"
Honorable mention: Ron Borges, Boston Herald, "PoulterHeist"; Steve Eubanks, GlobalGolfPost.com, "A Selah for Furman"; Jim McCabe, Golfweek.com, "Remembering Furman Bisher"; Josh Sens, Golf.com, "Invited to The Country Club, finally"
DAILY NEWS: 1. Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, "McIlroy slays field in PGA Championship"; 2. Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.com, "Bubba is part artist, part magician"; 3. Ian O’Connor, ESPN.com,"Olympic’s 16th Hole doomed Furyk:
Honorable mention: Tony Dear, Cybergolf.com, "Win by Els is bittersweet"; Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "A new name in Masters lore"; Jay Flemma, Cybergolf.com, "Triple Double at Winged Foot"
DAILY FEATURES: 1. Jason Sobel, GolfChannel.com, "More to The Jungle Bird"; 2. Lisa Mickey, New York Times, "A path to opportunity"; 3. Jeff Babineau, Golfweek.com, "Good attitude a must at Open"
Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Chuasiriporn left game behind"; Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rory’s future is limited only by his drive"; Jim McCabe, Golfweek.com, "Euro teammates trust Poulter"; Alan Tays, GolfChannel.com, "Back on course after accident.
NON-DAILY COLUMNS: 1, Beth Ann Baldry, Golfweek, Creamer’s tearful farewell to Pops; 2, Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Jack: Heart of a champion spans generations; 3, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Pepper’s pardon"
Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, "A band of believers"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Dufner is golf’s coolest man"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Rory is not Tiger"
NON-DAILY NEWS: 1. Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, "No rest for Rory"; 2. Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated, "Red Storm Rising"; 3. Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, " Phil wins, Tiger loses at Pebble"
Honorable mention: Jim Moriarty, Golf World, "Beach Party, Rory wins PGA"; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, "Duval returns to Lytham"; Curt Sampson, Golf World, " Collectibles, bidding for history"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Rory, globe-trotting star"
NON-DAILY FEATURES: 1, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, "Billy Casper, Out of the darkness"; 2. Gary VanSickle, Sports Illustrated, "Education of Tom Watson"; 3. (tie) Steve Rushin, Golf Digest, "Bad to the Bone" and Jeff Silverman, Golf World, "Book worms"
Honorable mention: Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Upside-down world of Randy Simmons; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "How Jhonny V made good"; Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest, "Christina Kim: Tears of a clown"
SPECIAL PROJECTS: 1. Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Best Sunday ever"; 2. Guy Yocom and John Huggan, Golf Digest, "Rowdy Ryder Cup at Kiawah"; 3, Gregg Dewalt, Times Daily, "Revisiting Robert Trent Jones Trail"
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel, GolfChannel.com, "The year 1912 and how it changed the game"; Peter Finch and Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest, "How golf really treats women"; Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, "Charles Schwartzel, rise of a natural"
(Photo: Alan Shipnuck at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Kohjiro Kinno/SI)