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.

For more information, visit www.inggolf.com.


2018 ING Industry Honors Winners/Finalists


Business Achievement

            Winner: Tim Clarke, GM at Wilson Golf

            Other Finalists: Dana Garmany, Troon Golf; Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Course Design


Digital Marketing

            Winner: Golf Central Magazine/TPC Sawgrass

            Other Finalists: Golf Pulp Media/Power Pack Golf; J2 Golf Marketing/Hidden Valley GC


Player Development

            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


TV Commercial

           Winner: LPGA – “The Next Wave”

Other Finalists: Callaway Golf; Grant Thornton