Double Doubles: Simson, Moore Extend Player of Year Records
Paul Simson and Patty Moore just keep on raking in the Player of the Year Awards in the Carolinas Golf Association.
At the rate these two all-star performers are going, they may have to rename the award after them. The only thing age seems to affect is that it makes them eligible to win double awards
The Richard S. Tufts Awards were established in 1997 to honor the top amateur golfers in the Carolinas, and Simson and Moore have dominated the category since.
Simson won the honor in 1998, 2005 and 2008, and the 57-year-old insurance executive from Raleigh has also won the Senior Men's Player of the Year Award the past three years.
Moore has been even more dominant. She won her first Women's Player of the Year Award in 2004, and repeated in 2007 and 2008. Since becoming a senior in 2004, she has been Player of the Year in that category each year.
Moore, a Charlotte resident who also has a home in Pinehurst, has also won the Moore County Women's Amateur five times in six attempts.
Simson had an outstanding year on both sides of the Atlantic in 2008. He won four times and competed in the U.S. Senior Open, the U.S. Amateur held at Pinehurst and in the U.S. Senior Amateur.
His year was highlighted by a win in the British Senior Open Amateur, where he won by two strokes in Kent, England. It was his second win in that event in three years.
Simson, who has won 17 CGA championships, won the Carolinas Senior Amateur, the National Senior Hall of Fame Championship and the Eagle Point Amateur. He tied for second in the North Carolina Senior Amateur, was seventh in the Coleman Invitational, tied for 13th in the Carolinas Mid-Amateur, and advanced to the round of 32 in match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur, the Carolinas Amateur and the North and South Amateur.
Moore, who is 58, has won both the regular and senior Player of the Year awards the past two years and claims the senior award for the fifth consecutive time.
Moore's three wins in 2008 came in the Carolinas Women's Senior Championship, the Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship and the North Carolina Women's Senior Championship.
She advanced to the round of 32 in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. Other top finishes were second in the Women's Carolinas Amateur and seventh in the North Carolina Women's Amateur.
Haley Stephens, an 18-year-old high school senior from Greer, S.C., captured her second-straight Carolinas Junior Girls Player of the Year award. Stephens' 2008 tournament highlights include victories at the Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship, South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship and Joe Cheves Junior Invitational.
She finished second at the Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls' Championship, third at the Twin States Junior Girls' Championship and tied for third in The Blade Junior. Stephens will attend the University of Texas this fall on a golf scholarship.
Joining Stephens on the All-Carolinas girls' team are Anna Martin of Piedmont, S.C., and Courtney Taylor of Gastonia.
Also on the All-Carolinas boys' team are John Conners, of Apex, and Corbin Mills, of Easley, SC.
Mark Joye, an 18-year-old high school senior from Columbia, S.C., is the 2008 Carolinas Junior Boys Player of the Year. Joye's 2008 tournament season includes a victory at the Carolinas PGA Junior Championship, second at the Carolinas Junior Championship, third at the CPGA Charles Tilghman, a tie for sixth at the SCGA South Carolina Junior Championship and a tie for 10th at the Bobby Chapman Invitational. He also qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Joye has signed a letter of intent with Wofford College.
The All-Carolinas junior team and Player of the Year awards are based upon a 12-event series of junior tournaments run by six associations that are the grassroots of junior golf in the Carolinas. The three leading points recipients in each division (boys and girls) will be invited to the Carolinas Golf Association's Annual Meeting and Golf Night on February 13, 2009, at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, where the Players of the Year and All-Carolinas Junior Team will be recognized.
Seven of the last 10 Carolinas Men's Players of the Year are current PGA Tour members while three former Carolinas Women's Players of the Year compete on the LPGA tour. Some past Tufts award winners include:
Jonathan Byrd (1999, PGA Tour), Beth Bauer (1999, LPGA), D.J. Trahan (2000-01-02, PGA Tour), Marcy Newton Hart (2000, LPGA), Brandi Jackson (2002, LPGA), Bill Haas (2003, PGA Tour), Webb Simpson (2006, PGA Tour), and Dustin Johnson (2007, PGA Tour).
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, one of the Pinehurst owners and a strong advocate of amateur golf, served on the CGA Executive Committee from 1926 to 1964.
Participating Carolinas associations are the Carolinas Golf Association, Carolinas PGA, North Carolina Independent Insurance Agents, South Carolina Golf Association, Women's Carolinas Golf Association, and the Women's South Carolina Golf Association.
Award winners will be honored during Carolinas Golf Night and CGA Centennial Dinner at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst Feb. 13.
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