CGA Names Tufts Winners, Top Juniors
Scott Harvey of Greensboro and Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C., have been named the men’s and women’s winners of the annual Richard S. Tufts Award as the Carolinas Golf Association’s Men and Women Players of the Year.
Paul Simson of Raleigh and Pat Brogden of Garner were honored in the senior division, with Carson Young of Pendleton, S.C., and McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta, S.C., receiving the awards in the junior division.
The Richard S. Tufts awards were established in 1997 to honor Carolinas amateur golfers who had exceptional individual performances over the preceding year.
Award winners will be honored during Carolinas Golf Night Feb. 25.
Harvey, a 33-year-old property manager and son of Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member Bill Harvey, won four CGA events during the year, including the Carolinas Amateur Championship held at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, where he fulfilled a life-long dream of etching his name on the same trophy won by his dad in 1964-65 and 1973.
His other wins came in the North Carolina Open, the Eagle Point Amateur and the J.M. Bryan Amateur. He also finished second in the Carolinas Mid-Amateur, tied for second in the N.C. Mid-Am, was a semifinalist in the N.C. Amateur Match Play, tied for 13th in the N.C. Amateur, made it to round 16 in the U.S. Mid-Am, tied for 10th in the Cardinal Amateur, and for 19th in the Eastern Amateur.
Harvey is ranked 57th among men’s amateurs in the world.
Ernst, a 19-year-old sophomore at LSU, won the NCAA Division I title with a 7-under-par 281, advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and was named to represent the U.S. on the Curtis Cup, which will be played in Scotland in June.
Simson continued his dominance among senior men, winning his sixth consecutive Player of the Year Award. The 60-year-old insurance executive posted three wins, including the N.C. Senior, the North & South Senior in Pinehurst, and the Society of Seniors Championship held at Pine Needles in Southern Pines.
Simson is one win short of tying Dale Morey’s all-time record of 24 CGA titles and is ranked fourth in the country among senior men.
Brogden, who plays cross-handed, earned her first CGA Senior POY Award by ending the seven-year reign of Patty Moore of Charlotte. She won the Women’s Eastern Senior, was second in the Carolinas Women’s Senior and the N.C. Women’s Senior, third in the Southern Senior, tied for ninth in the North & South Women’s Senior, and made it to round 16 in the U.S. women’s Senior Amateur.
Young won the CGA South Carolina Junior Match Play event and the Carolinas PGA Junior Championship.
Talbert won her third straight Junior Girls honor by claiming three wins, the Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman Junior, the SCJGA Fall Championship and the CGA South Carolina Junior Match Play. She also finished second in the Vicki DiSantis Girls Championship.
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