Chung, Clanton Named CGA Players of the Year
David Chung, of Fayetteville, and Cydney Clanton, of Rockwell, have earned the Richard S. Tufts Award by being named Male and Female Players of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association.
Paul Simson, of Raleigh, and Patty Moore, of Charlotte, repeated as Senior Players of the Year.
Chung, a junior at Stanford University and winner of the 2009 Men’s North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, recently gained the No. 1 World Ranking among amateurs.
Chung moved past Peter Uihlein, who defeated him in the finals of the U.S. Amateur last year. That runner-up finish earned Chung a berth in the Masters in April. He was also a winner in the Western Amateur and the Porter Cup.
Clanton, a senior at Auburn University, won the Women’s North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst and also represented the United States at the World Amateur in Argentina, had a quarterfinals showing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and advanced to the round of 32 in the Women’s Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club in August.
Simson, who was inducted into both the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame during 2010, earned his fifth consecutive Senior Men’s Player of the Year honor.
Simson, a 59-year-old insurance executive who lives in Raleigh, had an outstanding year that saw him win three national championships in three different countries in three months. He currently holds titles in the American, British and Canadian Senior Amateur Championships, the only golfer to ever accomplish that feat.
Other triumphs for Simson came in the North Carolina Senior Amateur, the National Senior Hall of Fame Championship and the Carolinas Senior Four-Ball, where he partnered with Don Detweiler.
A winner of 22 CGA events, Simson also finished second in the North and South Senior Amateur in Pinehurst, tied for third in the Carolinas Senior and qualified for the British Senior Open, where he missed the cut.
Moore, who also has a home in Pinehurst, has won the Moore Women’s Amateur Championship a record six times and finished second to Amanda D’Ostroph, of Whispering Pines, in 2010.
This was the seventh straight Senior Player of the Year Award for Moore, the longest streak in the history of the Tufts Awards. But she received strong competition this time from a surging Pat Brogden, of Garner, winning by 32.5 points.
Moore failed to win an event in 2010, but finished no worse than sixth in any of the senior women’s ranking events.
The highlight of the year for Moore came at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, where she eventually lost 2 and 1 to Alexandria Frazier.
Top finishes for Moore, who has won 13 CGA championships, included second in the Carolinas Women’s Senior, a tie for fifth in the North and South Women’s Senior at Pinehurst, and a tie for sixth in the North Carolina Women’s Senior Championship held at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte.
Cody Proveaux, of Leesville, S.C., is the Junior Boys Player of the Year. He won the S.C. Junior Match Play Championship, was second in both the Bobby Chapman Invitational and the Charles Tilghman Junior, fifth in the South Carolina Junior, tied for second in the CGA’s Carolinas Junior Boys Championship and tied for fourth in the Joe Cheves Invitational.
Proveaux also made it to the final 16 in the U.S. Junior Amateur before losing to eventual champion Jim Liu 4 and 3.
A 16-year-old high school junior, Proveaux has verbally committed to Clemson University.
McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta, S.C., earned her second consecutive Junior Girls Player of the Year honor.
Talbert won the CGA Carolinas Junior Girls Championship and the CPGA’s Charles Tilghman Junior. She was second in the SCJGA’s Players Championship and also had third-place showings in the South Carolina Junior, the CGA’s Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls Championship and the SCJA’s The Blade Championship.
A 15-year-old sophomore, Talbert is only the second girl to repeat as the Carolinas Player of the Year.
The award winners will be honored during Carolinas Golf Night at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach Feb. 11.
Contact Howard Ward at email@example.com. Information for this article was provided by Andy Priest of the Carolinas Golf Association.
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