|As 2009 comes to a close it is time for my annual HOG SPACE awards. For those new readers, HOG is short for my blog Hooked On Golf Blog. SPACE is short for my golf networking site called The Golf Space.
The awards come in no particular order. Just how they leak out of my cranium. Drum roll please…
|Player of the year & “Playa” of the year
|Best golf course I played in 2009
|Black Mesa in New Mexico, pictured below. And yes I played TPC Sawgrass this year and like Black Mesa better…
Black Mesa, New Mexico
|Best new driver
. I would have picked the Nike STR8-Fit, but since my STR8-Fit head caved in and Nike wouldn’t replace it, I’m awarding the best new driver to TaylorMade’s r9.
|Best new golf accessory
Sumi-G Head Covers
|Best putter I played in 2009
|Best new golf ball
|Best golf shoe (tie)
FootJoy Icon and Puma Swing GTX tie for best golf shoe of 2009. Tough choice.
|Best resort, mud bath and spa I reviewed
|Best new golf apparel item
Sumi-g Dormy Belt
|Best new golf company
|Winner of the best new apparel item and best new accessory, SUMI-G is hands down the best new golf company for 2009!
|Funniest, yet useful golf gag item
|Best new golf site
|Home of Golf by Andy Brown. Andy is great and does great video interviews from Scotland.
|Best golf site for women
|The Golf Girl (needs new URL)
|Best golf blog (tie)
|This is a tie between Geoff Shackelford and Armchair Golf Blog
|Shot of the year
|I hole out a 5-iron for eagle on a par-4.