Wilson Golf GM Tim Clarke, Tour Edge’s Exotics EXS Driver and Knuth Golf’s High Heat 257+ metalwoods were among the winners in the 25th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program. Results in 12 categories were announced Thursday at the PGA Merchandise Show.
The ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. The non-profit, media-based networking organization International Network of Golf conducts the awards program.
Nominees in 12 categories are submitted throughout the year from anyone in the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members then vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference. Holly Geoghegan of Golf Marketing Services is the committee chair.
Clarke is widely credited for bringing Wilson Golf back into relevancy in recent years and was honored by ING in the Business Achievement Category for those efforts. Tour Edge and Knuth each won their respective Product Ingenuity categories for their cutting edge products.
Other winners included Youth On Course in the Player Development Category, CopperTech Glove in the Product Ingenuity-Soft Goods/Accessories Category and Voice Caddie in the Product Ingenuity-Technology Category. LPGA took home the TV Commercial Award and Callaway the Print Advertising top honor.
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2018 ING Industry Honors Winners/Finalists
Winner: Tim Clarke, GM at Wilson Golf
Other Finalists: Dana Garmany, Troon Golf; Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Course Design
Winner: Golf Central Magazine/TPC Sawgrass
Other Finalists: Golf Pulp Media/Power Pack Golf; J2 Golf Marketing/Hidden Valley GC
Winner: Youth On Course
Other Finalists: Hurricane Junior Golf Tour; U.S. Kids Golf Foundation
Print Advertising – Products & Services
Winner: Callaway All Black – “Explore The Options”
Other Finalists: Ben Hogan; Odyssey
Print Advertising – Travel & Real Estate
Winner: Hammock Beach – “Don’t let the blue distract you from the Green”
Other Finalists: Bermuda 3S Pro-Am; Erin Hills Golf Club
Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Golf Equipment
Winner: High Heat 257+ Metalwoods
Other Finalists: Bloodline Putters; Snell MTB Golf Balls
Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Soft Goods/Accessories
Winner: CopperTech Glove
Other Finalists: Original Penguin; Vessel Golf Bags
Product Ingenuity – Misc. Products
Winner: Zero Friction Spectra Supertubes
Other Finalists: Chippo Golf Game; Golf Words
Product Ingenuity – Technology
Winner: Voice Caddie
Other Finalists: GolfLogix; Live View Golf
Product Ingenuity – Training Products
Winner: The Orange Whip Wedge
Other Finalists: SQRDUP; SuperSpeed Golf
Product Ingenuity – Market Leaders
Winner: Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver
Other Finalists: Cobra F9 Speedback Driver; PING Glide 2.0 Wedge
Winner: LPGA – “The Next Wave”
Other Finalists: Callaway Golf; Grant Thornton