CGA Names 2019 Players of the Year

2019 CGA Les Fowler Player of the Year Davis Bryant (Photograph by Don Reichert/Courtesy Colorado State University)
2019 CGA Les Fowler Player of the Year Davis Bryant (Photograph by Don Reichert/Courtesy Colorado State University)

Davis Bryant wins CGA Les Fowler Player of the Year

Talk about Ram Tough. For the third consecutive year, a player from the Colorado State University men’s golf team has earned the Colorado Golf Association’s (CGA) Les Fowler Player of the Year honor.

Sophomore Davis Bryant follows current teammate AJ Ott, who won the award last year, and recent alumnus Jake Staiano, the 2017 winner.

In August, Bryant—whose accomplishments as junior included wins in four Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado majors and the 2017 5A state high school title—won the first CGA Amateur in which he competed. Leading at the end of all four rounds at Lakewood Country Club, the 19-year-old carded an 8-under 276, one better than Jack Castiglia of Greeley.
Two weeks earlier, at his home course of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Bryant finished second to Ott by one shot in the battle for low amateur honors in the 2019 CoBank Colorado Open.

Those accomplishments, as well as advancing to the round of 16 at the 119th CGA Match Play at the Club at Rolling Hills, propelled Bryant to the top of the Colorado Golf Association points list for Player of the Year.

Ryan Axlund
Ryan Axlund, CGA Mid-Amateur of the Year playing in Ireland (photo via Facebook)

CGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year: Ryan Axlund

Axlund, a member at Valley Country Club, captured the award for the first time.

At The Club at Inverness, he qualified for the 39th U.S. Mid-Amateur, which was contested in September at Colorado Golf Club. He advanced to match play in the national championship, winning his first match and then losing in the Round of 32.

Building on that performance, Axlund also won October’s CGA Mid-Amateur Championship by four strokes. He separated himself from the field on the 70th hole of the tournament when he aced the 245-yard 16th at Westminster’s Legacy Ridge Golf Course.

Scott Sullivan, CMU Coach
Colorado Mesa University Men’s Golf Coach Scott Sullivan, CGA Senior Player of the Year

CGA Senior Player of the Year: Scott Sullivan 

A member at Grand Junction’s Bookcliff Country Club, Sullivan captured the 50th CGA Senior Match Play at The Meadows, convincingly defeating defending champion John Hornbeck 4 and 2 and then defending Senior Player of the Year Steve Ivan 5 and 4 in the final.

In his second year as Colorado Mesa University head coach, Sullivan qualified for his fourth U.S. Senior Amateur and for the third time won the senior division of the CGA Western Chapter Championship, contested in July at Battlement Mesa Golf Club in Parachute.

CGA Super-Senior Player of the Year: Sean Forey

Forey, who plays out of the Club at Rolling Hills in Golden, repeated as Super-Senior Player of the Year on the steam of his Super-Senior Match Play victory at Willis Case Golf Course and a third place finish at the CGA Super-Senior Amateur at The Olde Course at Loveland.

Forey also earned the CGA’s Senior Player of the Year in 2010, the same year he took low-amateur honors in the CoBank Colorado Senior Open for the second time in three years.

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