November 20, 2013

FSGA Announces Players of the Year

Six great amateur players capture Player of the Year honors.

Yueer “Cindy” Feng - Junior Player of the Year

Earning a record-breaking 30,730 overall points in her final season as an amateur golfer, Yueer “Cindy” Feng, of Orlando, has captured the 2013 Girls Junior Player of the Year honors. Feng earned the majority of her points by qualifying and finishing runner-up at the United States Women’s Amateur Championship. Similarly, Feng qualified and made the cut at the United States Women’s Open and was also a quar-terfinalist at the United States Girls’ Junior Championship. Continuing her success, Feng finished as the runner-up at The North & South Championship at Pinehurst. Feng also holds the record for the most Florida Junior Tour wins with an impressive 30 first place finishes. This December she will be competing in the final stage of Q-School in hopes of becoming a LPGA professional.

Mary Jane Hiestand - Senior Player of the Year

Mary Jane Hiestand, of Naples, is the 2013 Senior Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth year in a row earning 17,380 overall points. Hiestand had a fantastic year, which she started off by claiming the championship title at the Women’s Senior Am-ateur at Worthington Country Club. With a victory under her belt, she continued on by finishing as a quarterfinalist in the Ione Jones/Doherty Senior Championship and making it to the round of 32 at the 84th Florida Women’s Amateur Championship. With partner Diane Lang, Hiestand claimed second place at the Florida Women’s Four-Ball Championship and third place at the Women’s International Four-Ball Championship. Mary Jane has also been successful in USGA championships, qualify-ing for the United States Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and making it all the way to the semifinals in the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. Hies-tand also helped the South team claim victory at the Inaugural Women’s Florida Cup.

Meghan Stasi - Amateur Player of the Year

Oakland Park native, Meghan Stasi, is no stranger to the 2013 Women’s Player of the Year honors, earning it for the fourth year in a row. Stasi clinched an impressive 20,333 points for the year. Starting the year off on fire, she captured the Women’s International Four-Ball title with partner Tara Connelly. In July, Stasi finished third at the Florida Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Forest Country Club. Stasi continued her success at the USGA level, making it to the round of 32 at the United States Women’s Amateur and finishing as a semifinalist at the United States Women’s Mid-Amateur. Stasi also represented team Florida at The USGA State Team Championship where the team finished second behind New Jersey. This past month she also helped the South team claim the cup at the Inaugural Women’s Florida Cup. However, the highlight of Stasi’s season came in September when she captured the Inaugural Florida Women’s.

Sam Horsfield - Junior Player of the Year

Sam Horsfield, of Davenport, has been named the 2013 Junior Player of the Year. Sam has accomplished a lot at the age of 17. With a total of 18,150 points, he started off the summer by shooting a two-under 70 to advance to the US Open sectional qualifier. He then broke a course record at the US Amateur Public Links qualifier at Fox Hollow Country Club shooting an astounding 61 the first day. His second round of 70 for a total of 131 earned him medalist honors. Horsfield’s triumph continued as he made it all the way to the round of 16 at the US Amateur Public Links Champi¬onship. The highlight of his summer came when he blew away his competition with an eleven stroke lead and won the Florida Amateur Championship. He finished the summer by qualifying as medalist and advancing to the quarterfinals of the US Junior Boys’ Championship. Horsfield capped off his stellar year by capturing the Florida Boy’s High School 3A Championship Individual title shooting 70-69-139.

Doug LaCrosse - Senior Player of the Year

Doug LaCrosse, of Tampa, is the 2013 Senior Player of the year earning 10,513 total points. Doug began his year winning the Senior Amateur Championship shooting 72-68-74 and beating out fellow-competitor Rick Woulfe in a sudden death playoff. He continued his championship play at The Senior Amateur Match Play where he once again captured first place. LaCrosse’s consistent play continued at the Mid-Senior Championship where he finished tied for thirteenth and at the Mid-Amateur where he made it to the Round of 32 matches. With partner Steve Earsley, LaCrosse finished second at the Senior Four-Ball Championship, and with partner Don Whittemore, LaCrosse tied for third at the Mid-Senior Four-Ball South Championship. This is Doug’s first time capturing Senior Player of the Year honors; he was named Player of the Year in 1994 1996, and 2000.

Jon Veneziano - Amateur Player of the Year

Mount Dora’s Jon Veneziano is the 2013 Player of the Year recipient earning a sen¬sational 15,229 overall points for the year. Jon began the year with a first place finish at the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North Championship, partnering with Stephen An¬derson to shoot 64-67. Then, Jon finished third at the Florida Amateur Public Links Championship, missing out on first place by just one stroke. He qualified for both the US Amateur Public Links and US Mid-Amateur where he made it to the Round of 32 matches. He continued his steady play at The Florida Amateur finishing tied for eighth and then at The Florida Open finishing tied for fourteenth. Next, Jon garnered medalist honors in the stroke play qualifying portion of the Amateur Match Play Championship where he made it to the Round of 32 matches. Finally, his great year was capped off by winning the 32nd Florida Mid-Amateur.


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