Alabama Golf Association Announces 2021 Alabama Amateur Players of the Year

John Wright, Kathy Hartwiger, Gordon Sargent, Molly Brown Davidson (Left to Right)

HOOVER, AL (January 11, 2022) – The Alabama Golf Association (AGA) has announced the 2021 AGA Players of the Year. To honor Alabama amateur golfers who performed exceptionally in the preceding tournament season, the AGA identifies award recipients as the number one golfer based on a season-long ranking system.

​​​​​​​In 1994, the Men’s Player of the Year Award was established. Throughout time, the award expanded to include Women (2010), Senior Men (2016) and Senior Women (2016), Junior Boys (2017), Junior Girls (2017).

Seven Alabama Men's Players of the Year have competed on the PGA Tour or PGA Tour Champions. Notable past award winners include Garrett Osborn (2000), Patton Kizzire (2003), Bobby Wyatt (2011-2012), Michael Johnson (2013), and Robby Shelton IV (2015). Will Swift (2002, 2005, 2006) and Steve Hudson (2004, 2009, 2010) are tied for the most awards with three apiece.

Kathy Hartwiger holds most awards for Alabama Women’s Player of the Year with five (2010-2012, 2015, 2021).

Complete Alabama Amateur Player Rankings are available on the Alabama Golf Association website here.

2021 Alabama Amateur Player of the Year Award Winners

Men’s

Gordon Sargent of Birmingham is a freshman at Vanderbilt University. He is one of the five individuals chosen to receive the prestigious Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award. He defended his state title at the Alabama State Amateur Championship, finished runner-up at the Western Amateur and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Boys Junior Championship. He also advanced to the Round of 64 at this year’s U.S. Amateur. Sargent finished second at AJGA’s Ping Invitational, third at AJGA’s Simplify Boys Championship and went on to finish fourth at AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions. Sargent has three career AGA State Titles: Alabama Boys State Junior Championship (2019) and Alabama State Amateur Championship (2020 & 2021).

“It's pretty special to be named as the Alabama Men’s Player of the Year,” Sargent said. “Jump-starting the summer and winning the State Am was big. It gave me my momentum heading into my freshman year of college.”

He is a two-time Alabama Boys State Junior Player of the Year (2019 & 2020) and two-time Alabama Men’s Player of the Year (2020 & 2021).

Women’s

Molly Brown Davidson of Birmingham is a freshman at Hewitt-Trussville High School. This is her first Alabama Women’s Player of the Year. She won multiple Championship titles this season, including the following events: SJGT Championship, Lee Hodges Classic, Mid-South Masters, Indian Pines, Callaway Gardens Junior Classic and the Cypress Lakes Golf Club. She finished second in the Alabama Women’s State Amateur, Alabama Women’s Stroke Play, Alabama Girls State Junior and Lake Mary Junior Open. As she maintained top 5 finishes throughout the entirety of her season, she finished T5 in both the AJGA Huntsville Junior and Magnolia Grove Junior Classic.

“It is such an honor to be named for both the Alabama Girls State Junior Player of the Year and the Alabama Women’s Player of the Year,” Davidson said. “I’d like to thank the AGA for helping me achieve my goals and better myself as a person. All glory to God for giving me the opportunity to compete with these incredible players. I look forward to the upcoming season and playing in more AGA events!"

She is the 2021 Alabama Women’s Player of the Year and 2021 Alabama Girls State Junior Player of the Year.

Senior Men’s

John Wright of Fairhope is the 2021 Alabama Senior Men’s Player of the Year. This is his second consecutive Alabama Senior Men’s Player of the Year award. He finished 2nd at the Golfweek Senior Amateur Championship and 3rd in the Golfweek Senior Challenge cup. Wright was a semifinalist in the 1st Alabama State Senior Match Play Championship. He secured top-10 finishes at the 24th Alabama State Senior Championship, 2021 Jones Cup and Golfweek Player of the Year Classic.

“I’d like to say what an honor it is to win for the second year in a row,” Wright said. “We have such a strong and competitive senior class, which makes it all the more rewarding.”

In 1989, Wright won the Alabama State Amateur Championship.

Senior Women’s

Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham is the 2021 Alabama Senior Women’s Player of the Year. She claimed victory at the 3rd Alabama Women’s State Senior Four-Ball, the 3rd Alabama Women’s State Senior Match Play Championship and the 2021 WSGA Senior Championship. She also secured 2nd at the 48th Alabama Women’s State Senior Amateur Championship and 64th Senior Women’s North & South Amateur. Hartwiger advanced to the Round of 64 at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and finished as a quarterfinalist in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

"It's really a good ending to last year and beginning to this year," Hartwiger said. "What a neat way to end last year's season and motivate for this next one. I love the AGA of course, and it's a great honor to receive this award."

Hartwiger has won a record 21 Alabama State Championships.

2021 Junior Players of the Year

Junior Girls

Molly Brown Davidson (Please refer to 2021 Alabama Women’s Player of the Year biography above).

Junior Boys

Nick Dunlap of Huntsville is a senior at home school. He was named Champion at the U.S. Boys Junior Championship, winning his final match 3 and 2. He preceded this triumph by winning this year’s Dustin Johnson Junior World Championship, qualifying for the U.S. Amateur with medalist honors in Decatur, AL and claiming AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic title. Dunlap finished T2 at both the Boys Junior PGA Championship and AJGA’s Wyndham Invitational. He notched several top-fives in other national junior events, such as the 26th Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational and the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. Dunlap will go on to represent Alabama in next year’s U.S. Open, at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. Dunlap has one career AGA State Title: Alabama Boys State Junior (2018). Dunlap was the 2018 Alabama Boys State Junior Player of the Year, and he is the 2021 Alabama Boys State Junior Player of the Year.

Dunlap recently signed his letter of intent to play college golf at The University of Alabama.

The Alabama Junior Players of the Year awards are based on Alabama State Junior Golf Rankings. The points accumulated from September 1 thru August 31 of the current year are taken into consideration. The top Boy and Girl in the current year rankings, as of August 31, will be awarded the Alabama State Junior Player of the Year. 

Past Alabama Players of the Year Award Winners

Men

1994 - Eric Hamilton

1995 - Patrick Levio

1996 - John Coles

1997 - Eric Hamilton

1998 - Scott Weatherly

1999 - Joey Holley

2000 - Joey Holley

2001 - Talbert Griffin

2002 - Will Swift

2003 - Patton Kizzire

2004 - Steve Hudson

2005 - Will Swift

2006 - Will Swift

2007 - Garrett Osborn

2008 - Talbert Griffin

2009 - Steve Hudson

2010 - Steve Hudson

2011 - Bobby Wyatt

2012 - Bobby Wyatt

2013 - Michael Johnson

2014 - Stewart Jolly

2015 - Robby Shelton IV

2016 - Patrick Martin

2017 - Matt Gourgeot

2018 - Clay Guerin

2019 - William Buhl

2020 - Gordon Sargent

  

Women

2010 - Kathy Hartwiger

2011 - Kathy Hartwiger

2012 - Kathy Hartwiger

2013 - Cammie Gray

2014 - Virginia Green

2015 - Kathy Hartwiger

2016 - Elaine Wood

2017 - Elaine Wood

2018 - Cammie Bentley

2019 - Anna Claire Little

2020 - Mychael O’Berry

 

Senior Men

2016 - Steve Hudson

2017 - Steve Hudson

2018 - Claud Cooper

2019 - Robert Nelson

2020 - John Wright

 

Senior Women

2016 - Susan West

2017 - Susan West

2018 - Susan West

2019 - Susan West

2020 - Susan West

 

Junior Boys

2017 - Ethan Hagood

2018 - Nick Dunlap

2019 - Gordon Sargent

2020 - Gordon Sargent

 

Junior Girls

2017 - Michaela Morard

2018 - Michaela Morard

2019 - Michaela Morard

2020 - Michaela Morard


About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)

The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 115 member clubs represented by over 22,000 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.
 
AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 23 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.

Since 1980, the AGA has managed the affairs of the Southern Golf Association which includes conducting the Southern Amateur Championship and Southern Junior Championship, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association.
  
For more information about the Alabama Golf Association, visit www.alabamagolf.org.

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