LONDON – From the most pressing issues in Canadian golf news, to thought-provoking profiles, and jealously-inducing travel logs, the best in Canadian golf writing and photography was showcased Monday at Highland Country Club.
This year, the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) held its annual general meeting and awards banquet in conjunction with the CP Canadian Women’s Open, which this year happens at the venerable London Hunt and Country Club.
First, second and third prizes were handed out in the following categories: Travel, Feature/Profile, Editorial/Column and News. Three prizes for Photography were also awarded.
The big winners of the day were Rick Drennan and Jon McCarthy with three awards each. Drennan captured third place in the Profile category with his piece for Pro Shop Magazine on the golf industry needing to take a younger approach to attracting more participants. He earned another third place prize in the Editorial/Column category for his piece “Golf Can Find its Way Home on the Range,” and a first place in the Feature category for his Pro Shop piece called “Industry Confused.”
McCarthy, whose work all appeared in the Toronto Sun, captured two first-place prizes. One was for the recap of a bachelor party at Bandon Dunes in the Travel category. The other, an Editorial/Column entry, was about Tiger Woods’ mental game.
He also captured a third-place prize in the Feature category, writing a well-researched piece about Ben Hogan’s 1-iron. Jason Logan, the editor of SCOREGolf Magazine, captured two awards: a second-place in the Travel category about a golf trip to Southwest Ireland, and another second-place prize for his fine profile about Graham DeLaet.
Bob Weeks, last year’s Dick Grimm Award winner, won first place in that category with his indepth profile on young Canadian professional Albin Choi.
Bernard Brault once again dominated the photography category. The Montreal-based photographer took home first and third place, while Grant Fraser captured second. Here is a complete list of the 2014 winners:
First place: Bob Weeks | Story: Pro Choi-ce | SCOREGolf
Second place: Jason Logan | Story: This is Graham DeLaet | SCOREGolf
Third place: Rick Drennan | Story: Golf Needs a Younger Approach | Pro Shop
First place: Rick Drennan | Story: Industry Confused | Pro Shop
Second place: Ross MacDonald | Story: Take Life Slow | Pro Shop
Third place: Jon McCarthy | Story: Digging up the Truth about Ben Hogan’s 1-iron | Toronto Sun
First place: Jon McCarthy | Story: A Lesson in What Makes Tiger Tick | Toronto Sun
Second place: Tim O’Connor | Story: The Ragged Running Shoes | The Good Men Project
Third place: Rick Drennan | Story: Golf Can Find its Way Home on the Range | Pro Shop
First place: Jon McCarthy | Story: One Swingin’ Bachelor Party | Toronto Sun
Second place: Jason Logan | Story: The Indelibility of Irish Golf | SCOREGolf
Third place: Ted McIntrye | Story: Casting a Warm Eye on Sligo | Golf Canada Magazine
First place: Bernard Brault | Morgan Hoffman at the RBC Canadian Open
Second place: Grant Fraser | A Journey Through La Bella Province
Third place: Bernard Brault | Dragonfly