The 2016 Georgia Junior Golf Awards Banquet was a special evening. We had one of our largest turnouts with more than 230 guests joining us to celebrate the accomplishments of many junior golfers. More than 70 junior golfers were in attendance to be recognized for what they have achieved in 2016.
Georgia Junior Golf introduced a new format to the 2011 event that allowed junior golfers the opportunity to say a few words upon acceptance of their awards. This year, all of the junior golfers made sure to thank their parents, for their steadfast support as they continue to strive to be the best they can be on the golf course, and their competitors for helping them to better themselves on the golf course.
The evening concluded with many special awards. Taylor Gray was awarded the Girls Most Improved Award. Josh Durthaler received the AJG Sportsmanship Award for his display of character and commitment to upholding the spirit of the game during the summer. Nicholas Gibson received the Roh Wezner Award. Gibson also took home the MAADA Award this year for earning the most points in the Summer Series, a 119 out of 120 points this season.
Ms. Jaime Henck was our Junior Golf Ambassador award recipient. This award is presented annually to a group or individual who has contributed to the advancement of junior golf and helped to secure its future by promoting and preserving the traditions and integrity of the game. Ms. Henck has played, volunteered, and worked for 30+ years in the association. She is also the championship coordinator for the Season-Ending Championships. During the fall and spring, she is a math teacher at Luella High School in Locust Grove, Georgia. She also is the Boys and Girls Golf Coach for the school.
Awarded to the top 10 point finishers from each division in the Open Division and Club Division (including ties).
All-AJG Academic Team
Awarded to those high school student athletes having a 3.5 or higher GPA. To be eligible, year-end transcripts must be sent to the AJG office by October 15.
Aroha “Roh” Wezner Trophy
Given each year in honor of former Executive Director Aroha “Roh” Wezner, this award recognizes the 18-Hole Open Division player with the lowest scoring average from the Summer Series. Players must have participated in at least five events to be eligible to receive this award.
Grand Championship Giddings Cup Trophies
Perpetual trophies are presented to the champions from the Grand Championship in the 18-Hole Open Boys 15-18 Division and 18-Hole Open Girls 7-18 Division.
GSGA Handicap Super Poster Award
A certificate presented by the Georgia State Golf Association to those junior golfers who post at least 25 scores from rounds played during the current year on or before August 1.
GSGA Most Improved Golfer Award
A certificate presented by the Georgia State Golf Association to one male and female junior whose handicap improves the most during the Summer Series. Juniors must post at least 10 scores from any rounds (from Georgia Junior Golf tournaments or otherwise) played during this time period to be eligible for this award.
Jr. Golf Ambassador Award
Presented annually to a group or individual who has contributed to the advancement of junior golf and helped to secure its future by promoting and preserving the traditions and integrity of the game.
Larry Nelson Sportsmanship Award
An award recognizing the juniors who best exemplify and understand the courtesies, decorum, and etiquette of the game of golf. Larry Nelson and AJG feel these attributes are the most important lessons taught by this great game.
An award that recognizes the player with the highest Player of the Year Points standing for the season from the 18-Hole Open Division. In the event of a tie, the player who earned the most cumulative points in all of his/her events will be recognized as the MAADA Award winner.
Most Improved Award
Awarded to the most improved male and female from the 18-Hole divisions (Open or Club). Players must play at least five complete 18-hole rounds in consecutive seasons to be eligible for this award.
Players of the Year
Awarded to the top point finishers from each age group in the Open Division who have competed in a minimum of five Summer Series events.
Player of the Year (Fall Series)
Awarded to the top point finishers from each age group and division at the conclusion of the Fall Series.