ORLANDO, Florida – Gary D’Amato and Ann Liguori each won first-place honors in two categories to lead the way in the 29th Annual ING Media Awards program. Gary Van Sickle of si.com was the leading award winner overall with one First-Place finish and four Outstanding Achiever honors.

The International Network of Golf, a non-profit, media-based networking organization, conducts the awards program for its members. ING membership is open to anyone in the golf industry and media. 

Nearly four-dozen first-place and outstanding achiever awards were announced at the presentation press conference. Media Awards’ sponsors this year were Bridgestone Golf, CertiFresh Cigar, PGA Show, Proud 90 Apparel, and Zero Friction Golf.

D’Amato won with two articles that appeared in Wisconsin.Golf. His story about Herb Kohler, “To Me He Was Just Herb,” was tops in the Opinion/Editorial category. He also won First-Place in the Feature Writing category with a story titled “What, WHAT?”

Liguori winning entry in the Radio Segment category was her interview with author Alan Shipnuck regarding his book about Phil Mickelson. She also won the Podcast category with her interview with writer Christine Brennan regarding LIV.

Van Sickle of SI.com/Morning Read won First-Place in the Equipment/Apparel Writing category with “The Irish Pub Of Your Dreams In Your Own Backyard.”

Northern California Golf Association News was selected the winner for the second straight year in the Publications Category with its Fall Issue. Adam Schupak is editor of that magazine. 

Top Radio Show went to Chuck Garbedian’s Garbedian on Golf, Masters Edition, WRNW, Milwaukee. Dave Lockhart’s Golf 360 won in the TV Show Category for the second consecutive year with the “Summer Spectacular” Show.

An independent panel of three judges in each category determines First-Place Winners and Outstanding Achievers.  Judges use a point system with several criteria. Scoring is done by judges when possible without knowledge of the person responsible for the work, or of the other judges in the category. The number of Outstanding Achievers in a category is determined by total entries and scoring range in the category. 

A category chairperson is responsible for securing the three judges.  

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