Wednesday, September 21, 2005

TGA Players of the Year

The Texas Golf Association, the body that governs amateur golf in Texas, has announced its 2005 players of the year. Here are excerpts from the TGA announcement:

The Texas Golf Association announced today that Steve Galko of Dallas has won the Association’s State Player of the Year and North Regional Player of the Year award for 2005, and that Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio won the South Regional Player of the Year.

Established in 2002, the TGA State Player of the Year trophy is presented to the player who earns the most points based on their performance in designated TGA and USGA events throughout the calendar year. To be eligible for the award, a player must play in at least one TGA event. The TGA North and South Regional Player of the Year awards were introduced in 2003, and serve to recognize outstanding individual achievement in TGA Regional Events.

Galko earned the 2005 State and North Regional Player of the Year honor by compiling an impressive record that included three victories (State Public Links, North Regional Amateur and Mid-Amateur), finishing 3rd in the State Amateur, reaching the semifinals in the Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship, as well as making it to the second stage of U.S. Open qualifying. It marks the first time that someone has captured both the State and a Regional title in the same year.

Mathias captured the South Regional Player of the Year title owing to consistent play throughout 2005. He won the South Regional Amateur, tied for 4th in the South Regional Mid-Amateur, and had solid performances in both the State Amateur and Mid-Amateur, finishing tied for 20th and tied for24th, respectively.

Next week Galko will team up with Terrence Miskell of New Brunfels and Alan Hill of Spring Branch to represent Texas in the 2005 USGA State Team Championship, being played September 27-29 at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, South Carolina.

It’s an impressive line-up for Texas, featuring the 2003, 2004 and 2005 TGA Player of the Year winners (Hill, Miskell and Galko, respectively). It will be the first time competing in the State Team championship for Galko and Miskell, but Hill lends some experience, having played for the 2003 team that finished 11th at Charles River Country Club, located just outside of Boston.

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