The International Network of Golf has announced four sponsors for the 27th Annual ING Media Awards program, which will be presented as part of the PGA Merchandise Show Virtual Experience this week.

CertiFresh Cigar® has signed on as Distribution Sponsor. Since the presentation will be conducted virtually this year, winners’ plaques and prizes will be need to be shipped, so CertiFresh stepped up to cover those costs.

Prize sponsors include Volvik golf balls and Zero Friction golf gloves. The Host sponsor is the PGA Merchandise Show Virtual Experience.

The 27th Annual ING Media Awards program will be Wednesday, January 27 at 4:30 pm from the ING Showroom on the PGA Merchandise Show Virtual Experience platform. Anyone registered for the PGA Merchandise Show is invited to attend the ceremony at this link.

For over 20 years, CertiFresh Cigar has offered the finest brand-name cigars that are delivered in a perfectly humidified custom package. Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control device is the cornerstone of CertiFresh packaging. The device keeps cigars at a precise 69% humidity that guarantees their freshness for one year without a humidor. CertiFresh packaging is individually customized for an impact like no other cigar sales program. Over 3,000 of the most prestigious golf resorts, private and public golf courses, and casinos around the world trust the CertiFresh Cigar Team to provide perfectly humidified cigars in custom packaging.

Volvik specializes in 3- and 4-piece multi-layer high performance golf balls, featuring 58 worldwide patents. Volvik’s patented SF matte coating has led to the development of Vivid, the world’s first matte finish golf ball. Volvik continues to expand its product line with the 2020 introductions of recent Golf Digest Gold Hot List Winner Vivid XT Soft, SOLICE and the next generation of Vivid. Volvik’s product line portfolio includes multi-layer urethane and ionomer cover products in glossy and matte finishes. In addition, the Tour S3 and S4 urethane products have been in use on the world’s professional tours since 2012.

Zero Friction is known industry wide for producing cutting edge products and creative packaging for its retail partners. Zero Friction’s line includes gloves, performance tees, rangefinders, balls, bags and accessories. The company established the performance golf tee market, creating the only performance tee to ever carry the PGA TOUR logo. Zero Friction’s colorful line of compression-fit gloves takes the guesswork out of sizing with a universal fit. Zero Friction Laser Pro and Laser Pro SM product come with a pistol shape rubber handle grip, making it very simple to get yardage for your next shot.

The PGA Merchandise Show Virtual Experience is set for Jan. 26-29. The PGA Merchandise Show traditionally welcomes professionals from around the world to the industry’s leading trade-only event for the business of golf. The 68th edition of the PGA Show will shift to an all-virtual format for PGA Professionals and golf industry leaders to engage with new product launch events, dynamic exhibitor showrooms, education sessions, one-to-one meetings, group networking & more—all from the comfort of your home, facility or office.

The non-profit International Network of Golf conducts the contest, recognizing the best and brightest among its media members. Of the categories in the ING Media Awards, seven are for writers: Travel Writing, Business Writing, Opinions/Editorials, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Equipment/Apparel Writing and Competition Coverage.

Other categories include, Excellence in Publications, TV Shows, Radio Shows (two categories), Podcasts and the Internet Video category.

Judging is done by a panel of three independent experts in each category. Judges are selected by Individual Category Chairs. Where possible, by-lines and publication names are stripped from the articles before they are sent to the judges.

Rules, regulations, category descriptions, entry forms and past winners can be found under Awards on the site.

ING is the golf industry’s only media-based networking organization. “ING is where media and the golf industry connect.”

The 30th Annual ING Spring Conference is scheduled for May 23-27, 2021 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA.

Anyone in the media or golf industry is invited to join. For more information, call 407-474-0531, or visit