Congratulations to Don Snyder for winning a gold prize in the Special-Purpose Travel Category of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for his article "Clubbed," which appeared in Outside. Sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers, the awards are for work published in 2009 - 2010.
The judge's comments on Don's article:
Gold: Don J. Snyder, “Clubbed,” Outside
You don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate the value of a well-trained caddie. Don Snyder’s “Clubbed” illustrates with demanding detail what it feels like to shadow a professional caddie and endure 15-hour days picturing every hole in his mind. Snyder takes you on a caddie’s “blind date” outside legendary St. Andrews, the home of golf. What began as a midlife crisis turns into a fun yet serious story of love and respect. While reading about the duties of a professional caddie, we come to understand the brotherhood of caddies, the respect for a struggling golfer and the love of a father for his son. Against this backdrop readers experience what Snyder describes as Scotland’s stunning physical beauty and fairways swept along the windy North Sea. Don Snyder, an acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, earns a hole in one and the gold for “Clubbed.”
See the full list of winners here.