With the end of every Colorado golf season comes recognition of the amateurs and professionals who made it noteworthy.
On the amateur side, the Colorado Golf Association honored Michael Harrington (Kissing Camels) as its Les Fowler Player of the Year and Mid-Amateur Player of the Year; Kent Moore (Cherry Hills) its Senior Player of the Year; and Ross Macdonald (Country Club at Castle Pines) its Junior Player of the Year. The Colorado Women’s Golf Association named Jennifer Kupcho (CommonGround) its Player of the Year and Junior Player of the Year. Christie Austin (Cherry Hills) took home the Colorado Women’s Golf Association Senior Player of the Year trophy. Anna Kennedy (Denver), whose index dropped from 7.4 to 0.7, earned Most Improved Junior.
On the professional side, the Colorado Section PGA named Barry Milstead (Valley Country Club) its Golf Professional of the Year; Trent Wearner (Trent Wearner Golf ) Teacher of the Year; and Geoff Keffer (Murphy Creek) Dow Finsterwald Player of the Year. Mark Kelbel (The Broadmoor) received the Bill Strausbaugh Award; Don Graham (Raccoon Creek) the Warren Smith Award; Mollie Sutherland (UCCS PGA Professional Golf Management program) the Horton Smith Award; and Stephen Glowacki (Red Hawk Ridge) the Youth Player Development Award. Adam Finch (Fossil Trace) won Assistant Professional of the Year; and Kimmy Bean (Cherry Creek) won for Player Development. George Karhoff (CC of Castle Pines) received the Vic Kline Award; Doug Rohrbaugh (Ironbridge) three-peated as Senior Player of the Year and Kyle McGee (Overland) won Apprentice Player of the Year. John Ogden (Cherry Hills), Jim Hajek (Fossil Trace) and Dave Lopez (Beaver Creek) were Merchandisers of the Year in the private, public and resort categories. The Colorado Chevy Dealers drove home with the President’s Plaque; and Kroenke Sports/ Golf at Altitude dialed in the Todd Phipers Media Award.
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