October 22, 2007

FSGA Names Players-of-the-Year

Jeff Golden earned the Amateur Player-of-the-Year, Rick Woulfe secured the Senior Player-of-the-Year and Kevin Aylwin was awarded the Junior Player-of-the-Year.

The Florida State Golf Association has announced the 2007 Players-of-the-Year for their outstanding play this season. These fine competitors will be recognized at the FSGA Annual Dinner in November.

Jeff Golden, 22, of Winter Park, earned Player-of-the-Year honors following an exceptional year. After wrapping up his college golf career at Rollins College, Golden earned medalist and low amateur honors in US Open Sectional Qualifying to advance to the US Open. Golden finished tied for eighth in the State Amateur, placed second in the Four-Ball Championship and qualified for the State Match Play Championship. He also qualified for the US Amateur and most recently, represented Florida in the USGA State Team Championship and helped Team Florida to a 14th place finish.  

Rick Woulfe, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, wins his third Senior Player-of-the-Year award in 2007 with an overwhelming 1855 points. Woulfe captured four State titles this year; the Senior, Senior Match Play, Mid-Senior and Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South Championship. He also qualified for the Four-Ball Championship and was a semi-finalist in the Mid-Amateur Championship. This year, Woulfe also qualified for the US Senior Amateur Championship. Overall, Woulfe has nine State titles. Woulfe earned the Player-of-the-Year award in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and the Senior Player-of-the-Year in 2005 and 2006.   

Kevin Aylwin, 18, from New Smyrna Beach, finished the year with 990 points and two State Championships. Aylwin, a past Florida Junior Tour member, won the Public Links Championship and Junior Match Play Championship. This year, he also finished in the Top 20 in the State Amateur, advanced to the Round of 16 in the Match Play Championship and qualified for the Boys Junior Championship. Aylwin also qualified for the US Amateur Public Links Championship. 

On Friday, November 16, the FSGA will hold the 2007 Annual Dinner at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park where the 2007 Players-of-the-Year will be recognized. In addition, the FSGA will honor the 2007 Champions, Volunteers-of-the-Year, FJT Points Champions and induct two individuals into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame.  

Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 25 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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