West End, NC (1/17/12) – Two previous winners and four first-timers have been named 2011 Richard S. Tufts Players of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA).
The six winners are: Scott Harvey of Greensboro, NC (Men), Austin Ernst of Seneca, SC (Women), Paul Simson of Raleigh, NC (Senior Men), Pat Brogden of Garner, NC (Senior Women), Carson Young of Pendleton, SC (Junior Boys) and McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta, SC (Junior Girls).
The Richard S. Tufts Awards were established in 1997 to honor Carolinas amateur golfers who had exceptional individual tournament performances over the preceding year. Tufts served on the CGA Executive Committee from 1926 to 1964 and served as President from 1931 through 1933. The awards are given to the number one golfer based on the CGA amateur rankings at the end of the calendar year in each of four categories: Men, Women, Senior Men and Senior Women.
The Junior Boys and Junior Girls awards are based on a series of junior tournaments run by nine associations that are the grassroots of junior golf in the Carolinas. Participating Carolinas associations and tournaments are the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA), Carolinas PGA (CPGA), Trusted Choice Big I Junior Classics, South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA), Women’s Carolinas Golf Association (WCGA), Women’s South Carolina Golf Association (WSCGA), South Carolina Junior Golf Association (SCJGA), Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) and the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational.
Award winners will be honored during Carolinas Golf Night and CGA Annual Meeting at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC on Saturday, February 25, 2012.
Eight out of last thirteen Carolinas Men’s Players of the Year are current PGA Tour members while four former Carolinas Women’s Players of the Year have competed on the LPGA tour. Notable past Tufts award winners include: Jonathan Byrd (1999, PGA Tour), Beth Bauer (1999, LPGA), D.J. Trahan (2000-2002, PGA Tour), Marcy Newton Hart (2000, LPGA), Brandi Jackson (2002, LPGA), Bill Haas (2003, PGA Tour), Webb Simpson (2006, PGA Tour), Dustin Johnson (2007, PGA Tour), Cydney Clanton (2009-10, LPGA) and Mark Anderson (2012, PGA Tour).
Visit the CGA website at www.carolinasgolf.org for Tufts Award winner photos.
2011 Richard S. Tufts Award Winners
Scott Harvey of Greensboro, NC claimed his first Carolinas Men’s Player of the Year award following a stellar 2011 tournament campaign that validated his status as one of the best amateur players in the region. The 33-year-old property manager won four championship titles and two second place finishes.
His most notable accomplishment of the year was winning the Carolinas Amateur Championship at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC that fulfilled a lifelong dream by etching his name on the same trophy as his father to win the most historic amateur title in the Carolinas. Bill Harvey, a three-time Carolinas Amateur champion, won titles in 1964, 65 and 73.
Three other titles highlighted Scott’s season including the North Carolina Open (also won by his father) played at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, Eagle Point Amateur at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington and the J.M. Bryan Amateur at Bryan Park Golf Club in Greensboro.
Other top finishes for the 2011 Carolinas Four-Ball champion include second at the Carolinas Mid-Amateur, tie for second at the North Carolina Mid-Amateur, semifinalist at the North Carolina Amateur Match Play, tie for 13th at North Carolina Amateur, round of 16 at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, tie for 10th at Cardinal Amateur and tie for 19th at the Eastern Amateur.
Harvey currently is the number 57th ranked men’s amateur player in the world according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking.