The Met Golfer Named Top Publication
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (January 26, 2024) -- The Met Golfer, the official publication of the Metropolitan Golf Association, was tabbed as the top publication this week at the 30th Annual ING Media Awards. The magazine collected four additional honors, while the MGA also earned recognition in the internet video category. The results in 13 categories were announced as part of a presentation at the PGA Show in Orlando.
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The August/September 2023 issue earned the first place honor in the Publications category -- the 6th time the publication has recieved the top honor in the last 12 years. The issue's cover story, "Recovery Shot," chronicled writer Tom Coyne's efforts to rejuvenate Sullivan County Golf Club in Liberty, N.Y. The story was also recognized as an oustanding acheiver for writer Tom Cunneff in the Feature Writing category. Additional stories included a preview of the 42nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Sleepy Hollow Country Club as part of the Rolex Road to the Majors series, a Club Focus feature on Rockville Links Club in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and an Up Close feature on Long Island native and writer Michael Bamberger. The issue's In the Bag story titled "Get a Grip" earned Ken Van Vechten a first place award in the Equipment and Apparel Writing category.
Brett Cyrgalis also earned a first place honor, doing so in the Business Writing category. His "Opening Doors" story featured in the November/December 2022 issue took a look at non-traditional golf venues and the role they play today in introducing new players to the game. In the Travel Writing category, Jeff Neuman's "Untroubled" story on Northern Ireland from the June/July 2023 issue was noted as an outstanding achiever.
Meanwhile, the MGA's video previewing the 121st Met Amateur Championship at Friar's Head garnered 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. 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.