CGA Richard S. Tufts Players of the Year Awards

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 served on the CGA Executive Committee from 1926 to 1964 and served as President from 1931 through 1933. The awards are given to the number one golfer based on the CGA amateur rankings at the end of the calendar year in each of seven categories: Men's, Women's, Senior Men's, Super Senior Men's, Senior Women's, Junior Boys', and Junior Girls'.


Eight Carolinas Men's Players of the Year are current or former PGA Tour members while seven Carolinas Women's Players of the Year have competed on the LPGA tour. Notable past Tufts award winners include: Jonathan Byrd (1999, PGA Tour), Beth Bauer (1999, LPGA), D.J. Trahan (2000-2002, PGA Tour), Marcy Newton Hart (2000, LPGA), Brandi Jackson (2002, LPGA), Bill Haas (2003, PGA Tour), Webb Simpson (2006, PGA Tour), Dustin Johnson (2007, PGA Tour), Cydney Clanton (2009-10, LPGA), Mark Anderson (2009, PGA Tour), Austin Ernst (2011, LPGA), Katelyn Dambaugh (2016, LPGA), Anna Redding (2018, LPGA).


CGA Men's and Women's Player Rankings


The CGA Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s and Super Senior Men’s player rankings measure performance in national, state and regional competitions for male and female amateur golfers who are members of the Carolinas Golf Association.

The Richard S. Tufts Men’s, Women's, Senior Men, Senior Women's and Super Senior Men’s Player of the Year will be determined based on player rankings at the end of each calendar year.


Player rankings are also used, in addition to other factors, to determine Carolinas Golf Associations representatives in the Tar Heel Cup Matches (NC Amateurs vs NC Professionals), Women's Carolinas-Virginias Team Matches (CGA Women vs VSGA/WVGA Women) and Captain’s Putter Matches (CGA Men vs VSGA/WVGA Men).


Player rankings are effective on the 1st and 15th of each month and updated by the 2nd and 16th.




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