The Australian Golf Media Awards which have now become an integral part of the Australian golf scene were presented last night at the annual Australian Golf Writers Association dinner at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney the venue for this years Emirates Australian Open.
The awards which are judged annually by representatives of Australia's governing bodies and noted sports journalists honour golf writers, photographers, radio commentators and TV presenters for their coverage of Australian golf and golfers in 2010 / 2011 and are keenly contested by members of the media.
The winner of the best photograph was well known Melbourne photographer Gay Lisbon for his excellent shot of the Lost Farm golf course in Tasmania. The award for the best feature story or report was won by the very popular ABC Grandstand for its coverage of the final round of the 2010 J.B. Were Australian Masters.
Melbourne's Herald Sun chief golf writer Mark Hayes was one of two noted journalists who won two awards for their work. Hayes picked up an award for the Best Feature Story newspaper and then took off his second when he tied with veteran golf journalist Peter Stone from the Sydney Morning Herald for the best report in a newspaper. Stone won his second award of the night for the category of Best Feature or Report in a newspaper on Women's Professional Golf.
Queensland based Bruce Young who has picked awards in the past took off another one last night for the Best Feature Story or Report Electronic Media for his online work for iseekgolf.com. The Tourism Ireland sponsored award for the best international story was won by John Huggan of Golf Australia Magazine.
Australian Golf Digest's senior writer at large Rohan Clarke was another who won more than one award when he took off the coveted Best Feature Story magazine and Best Feature Story Amateur Golf. Clarke was joined by the legendary Jack Newton who picked up the Best Column Award once again for Australian Golf Digest giving that magazine a total of four awards in all.
Jason Bennett a U.S. based Australian who works for the ESPN network picked up the Television award for the best feature story or report. Whilst Brett Robinson who is the editor of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents journal and who has dominated this particular award once again showed his journalistic prowess by taking off the Best Feature or Story in a Trade magazine.
The most coveted and sought after Tom Ramsey Award for Excellence which was instituted in memory of the late doyen of Australian golf writers and which was not awarded last year when the judges deemed no entry good enough was won for the second time by Brett Robinson from Turfgrass Management News for his excellent article on West Australian John Bourne, the course superintendent at the Cottesloe Golf Club who sustained a crippling injury.
AGWA Secretary, George Begg, 0409 381 192, firstname.lastname@example.org