ING Media Awards honor four from LZOG partner sites

Friday was a big day for Len Ziehm on Golf and its partner websites.  Four of us won Outstanding Achiever designations at the 23rd annual International Network of Golf Media Awards, which is part of the 68th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

I was especially happy for my broadcast partner Rory Spears, who was honored in the Radio Show category.  It marked the first time that Rory had entered the competition.  Rory’s Golfers on Golf radio show on WCPT 820-AM completed its 30th year in 2020, and I enjoyed being a full-time Contributor to the weekly broadcasts.  Rory’s award came for a June 20 show in which Tim Clarke, head of Wilson’s golf division, was a featured guest.

Mine came in the Business Writing category for a piece I did for Morning Read on the Western Golf Association’s efforts to preserve opportunities for youth caddies during the pandemic.  This was the fifth straight year that I’ve won something at the ING Media Awards, but the first time I was cited for a piece produced for a national media outlet.

Rory and I also started a weekly golf podcast series – Ziehm & Spears – last year. We did 40 shows in 2020 and have done three already in 2021.

My award came in the  Business Writing category this year for a piece I did for Morning Read on the Western Golf Association’s efforts to improve opportunities for youth caddies amidst the pandemic.  It marked the fifth consecutive year that I have won something at the ING Media Awards but the first time that I was cited for a piece done for national media outlet.

The other LZOG award winners were Dave Lockhart, who was honored again in the Television Show category for the September version of the Golf360 series, and Fred Altvater, publisher of the Ohio Golf Journal, cited in the Opinion/Editorial category.

This marked the first time that the ING Media Awards were not presented live.  Zoom was used, as the PGA Merchandise Show was done in a virtual format because of pandemic issues. ING had to postpone its 30th anniversary Spring Conference last year for that reason.  It will be held May 23-27 in Valley Forge, Pa.