Golf Journalists Association of Canada: 2013 Award Winners Announced

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 evening at Burlington Golf and Country Club.

Each year the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) holds its annual general meeting and awards banquet in conjunction with the RBC Canadian Open, which this year happens at the venerable Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ont.

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 winner of the night was Rick Drennan, as he took home three separate prizes. A third place in the Feature/Profile category for his story on the greying of golf, another third place in the Editorial/Column category for a story on Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford, B.C., and finally, a first place in the News category on his story on promoting Canada. All Drennan’s stories appeared in Pro Shop Magazine.

Jason Logan, editor of SCOREGolf won first prize in the Feature/Profile category for his in-depth story on the curious case of Derek Gillespie, the winner of Big Break PEI and current PGA Tour Canada member who survived a terrible car accident a few years ago.

Tim Baines from the Ottawa Sun was the runner up in that category on his fun profile of what it was like to play a round in Ottawa with rock legend Alice Cooper.

Jon McCarthy was also multiple award winner, taking first place in the Travel category with his tale of playing golf along the English countryside and managing to attend a wedding in the process. He took second place in the Editorial/Column category with his story asking if Sergio Garcia is finally ready to win.

Bernard Brault dominated the photography category. The Montreal-based photographer took home first and second place with photos of Lydia Ko at the CN Women’s Open.

Finally, SCOREGolf TV producer Brian Bileski took home the inaugural Stanley Thompson Society media award for his fine television package on the architect’s legacy.

Here is a complete list of the 2013 winners:

CATEGORY: TRAVEL

First place: Jon McCarthy | Story: Links, Drinks, & Hijinks | The Toronto Sun

Second place: Guy Nicholson | Story: Find the Missing Links | The Globe & Mail

Third place: Ted McIntyre | Story: Mississippi Yearning | Golf Scene 

CATEGORY: FEATURE/PROFILE

First place: Jason Logan | Story: Die Hard: Derek Gillespie | SCOREGolf

Second place: Tim Baines | Story: Nice Putt, Alice | The Ottawa Sun

Third place: Rick Drennan | Story: The Greying of Golf | Pro Shop Magazine

CATEGORY: EDITORIAL/COLUMN

First place: Ross MacDonald | Story: Looking for Members | Pro Shop Magazine

Second place: Jon McCarthy | Story: Is Sergio Finally Ready to Win? | The Toronto Sun

Third place: Rick Drennan | Story: Making Do is the Ledgeview Motto | Pro Shop Magazine

CATEGORY: NEWS

First place: Rick Drennan | Story: Let’s Promote Canada Eh! | Pro Shop Magazine

Second place: Peter Robinson | Story: Uncertainty Surrounds Canadian Women’s Open | CBC.ca

Third place: Rick Young | Story: Lorne Rubenstein’s Moe & Me | SCOREGolf.com

CATEGORY: PHOTOGRAPHY

First place: Bernard Brault | Lydia Ko at CN Women’s Open soaked by water

Second place: Bernard Brault | Lydia Ko first shot at CN Women’s Open

Third place: Jeff Lancaster | Glen Abbey in the fall, and Highlands Links

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