Wisconsin.Golf has won three first-place awards in the Milwaukee Press Club's annual statewide journalism contest.

The Wisconsin.Golf website won the "gold" awards for "Best Online Coverage of Sports" and "Best Website Design." In addition, Wisconsin.Golf senior writer Gary D'Amato won the "Best Sports Story" gold for his poignant feature on a golfer in last summer's Wisconsin State Amateur, U.S. Army soldier Brent Bartels, who survived a firefight with ISIS that claimed the lives of four of his buddies.

After previously naming finalists for the awards, the Press Club revealed the winners Friday in a livestream on its YouTube channel. The 2020 Gridiron Awards Dinner, which had been scheduled for May 8 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee to honor the winners, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the 90th year that the Milwaukee Press Club has honored excellence in Wisconsin journalism. The contest drew more than 750 entries this year.

Wisconsin.Golf, part of Madison-based Killarney Golf Media, was launched in 2016 and features esteemed writers Gary D'Amato, Rob Hernandez and Dennis McCann, all of whom have been covering golf in Wisconsin for more than three decades.

The website is led by founder and publisher John Hughes; general manager Jim Kelsh; sales and marketing director Sarah Scott Starmer, and editor Mike Davis.

Killarney Golf Media also publishes the Wisconsin.Golf Yearbook, an annual publication featuring a detailed listing of Wisconsin golf courses as well as an in-depth review of the previous tournament season in Wisconsin and a preview of the year ahead, and Golftime Midwest magazine, which covers the golf experience in Chicagoland and the Midwest.

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