Hopkins Headlines Men’s Players of the Year
TAMPA, Fla. – After a standout season, Devon Hopkins has been named the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Player of the Year. Pete Williams has garnered Senior Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season, while Rick Woulfe has been awarded as the Super-Senior Player of the Year.
This is the first Player of the Year honor for Hopkins, while this is the third for Williams and the 12th for Woulfe.
Hopkins was honored with both the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Player of the Year award following a breakout 2019 season, that included an FSGA championship win and two USGA championship appearances.
“It a huge honor. There is a ton of talent in Florida and a lot of tournaments, so it means a ton,” Hopkins said.
The Jacksonville Beach resident captured his first FSGA championship at Sara Bay Country Club earlier this month, where he won the Florida Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship. He fired a final-round 4-under 68 to capture the 4-shot victory.
Hopkins found success in multiple USGA championships this season. In his first USGA event, he advanced to the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes with partner Matt Kleinrock.
The South Africa native earned medalist honors with rounds of 69-68 on July 15-16 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity to punch his ticket to the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship. With 7,191 entries for this year’s U.S. Amateur, Hopkins was one of the 312 players to tee it up at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
Hopkins had Round of 16 appearances in the Florida Amateur Match Play Championship and Florida Mid-Amateur Championship earlier this year. He also finished tied for 14th at the Florida Open Championship.
For the second-straight season, Williams earned Senior Player of the Year honors following a season that saw success in both FSGA and USGA championships.
“It’s truly an honor to have achieved the Senior Player of the Year award this year,” Williams said. “I’m proud of being associated with the FSGA and all of the great friends I’ve made over the years in our competitions.”
The Juno Beach native captured a second-straight Florida Senior Four-Ball Championship, earning the victory with partner Don Whittemore in September. Williams added two more top-10 finishes this season. He finished tied for fourth at the Florida Mid-Amateur Stroke Play and tied for ninth finish at the Florida Senior Amateur Championship.
The three-time FSGA Senior Player of the year qualified for the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club, where he advanced to the Round of 32. Williams also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Florida Senior Amateur Match Play Championship.
Woulfe earned the Super-Senior Player of the Year award after a successful 2019 season.
“I am very proud to have prevailed in the past year over the AARP card holding, Medicare and Social Security recipient competitors,” Woulfe said. “I enjoy competing and being part of this group of great, talented and fun-loving golfers.”
The Fort Lauderdale native started the year with a third place finish at the Super-Senior Amateur Championship. The following weekend, Woulfe took home a runner-up finish at the Senior Amateur Championship.
In September, he finished in second place with Joe Shaktman at the Senior Four-Ball Championship. Woulfe finished up the year with a seventh place finish at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
All three players will be honored at the FSGA’s Annual Meeting and Dinner in Jacksonville at Timuquana Country Club, on November 22, 2019. The Annual Dinner celebrates the best players in the state, tournament volunteers, board members and many other important individuals involved in the game of golf in Florida.
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