Golfdom earns 21 Editorial Excellence Awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association

CLEVELAND, OH — May 22, 2014 — North Coast Media is pleased to announce Golfdom continues to be recognized for its outstanding editorial leadership and design by the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), which this year held its annual awards ceremony in New Orleans. Golfdom earned 21 awards including 19 TOCA honors, one Gardner Award and the Plant Health Writer of the Year award, which is more awards than all competitors combined. Sister publication Landscape Management (LM) nabbed 11 awards. North Coast Media once again led all publishing companies that competed for TOCA awards in the golf and landscape markets with 31 awards.

There were more than 425 entries submitted to the 2014 TOCA contest. Golfdom won TOCA awards for:

First Place
Writing, operations profile: “Flower power,” Christina Thomas
Writing, editorial/opinion: “The beauty is a beast,” Golfdom
Writing, product information article: “What’s the next big idea at Spectrum Technologies?” Seth Jones
Writing, environmental stewardship article: “A sharp mind at Sharp Park,” Seth Jones
Writing, business management: “A sharp mind at Sharp Park,” Seth Jones
Photography, best cover photograph: “5 keys to picking up women,” Pete Seltzer
Photography, pictorial 1: “Fertilizing for the future,” Pete Seltzer
Design, single page: “Prepping golf cart batteries for the summer season,” Pete Seltzer
New media, blogs: “The Golfdom Daily,” Seth Jones

Writing, column: “The life of a golf course,” Seth Jones
Writing, column: “No better backpack,” Seth Jones
Writing, general feature: “An America dream,” Seth Jones
Writing, coverage of an on-site event: BASF launches Xzemplar and Lexicon, Seth Jones
Writing, headlines: “Early to rise,” Beth Geraci
Writing, turf feature: “Beat the summer heat, plan for snow mold,” Paul Koch, Ph.D.
Writing, original e-newsletter: “Golfdom’s Super Science,” Curt Harler
Photography, pictorial 1: “Plant Health intro,” Pete Seltzer
Photography, print magazine cover: “My green heaven,” Pete Seltzer
Design, singe page: The 19th Hole/Bryan Nuss, Pete Seltzer

The Gardner Award was for photography, video and multimedia publishing for its “5 keys to picking up women” photo, which appeared on the magazine’s October 2013 cover. The story, written by Stacie Zinn Roberts, was about keys to attracting women golfers to the course.

In addition, Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., was named Plant Health Writer of the Year. Sponsored by Bayer, the award is provided annually to a writer for excellence in writing on plant health issues to their green industry audience. Known as “The Turf Doc” within the pages of Golfdom, Danneberger has been a longtime columnist for the magazine and is an internationally respected lecturer and professor of turfgrass at The Ohio State University.

“This is an incredible year for Golfdom. The strong showing at TOCA supports our recent redesign and editorial approach,” said Kevin Stoltman, president and CEO of North Coast Media. “We’ve made significant strides in the market both in print and in the digital environment. It’s worth noting that The Golfdom Daily has won Best Blog for three years in a row.”