The Texas Golf Association is pleased to announce its 2014 Players of the Year. The honorees are: Stratton Nolen of Austin for the Statewide Player of the Year; Mike Booker of The Woodlands for the Senior Player of the Year, John Dowdall of Fulshear for the South Regional Player of the Year and Clarke Kincaid of Trophy Club for the North Regional Player of the Year.
The winners in each category are selected by the TGA Championship Committee based on a performance points system in which individuals earn points for top finishes in designated regional, statewide and USGA national championships.
Stratton Nolen – Statewide Player of the Year
Stratton Nolen earned 1,650 points this season by playing in three events to earn Statewide Player of the Year honors. The Austin native was victorious in the Texas Golf Association’s Public Links Championship at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Nolen shot 69 in the first round to earn the No. 5 seed and won every match leading up to his 2&1 win over Will Griffin in the final.
Just two weeks later, Nolen would be in the thick of things at the 105th Texas Amateur Championship at the venerable Brookhollow Golf Club. The former Legends Junior Tour star began with rounds of 69 and 66, but a third-round 73 put him in second heading into the final round, which is where he would finish after a final-round 69.
Along with his two successful TGA Championships, Nolen played in the 2014 Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Country Club in July. Nolen missed the cut by three strokes.
Mike Booker – Senior Player of the Year
Mike Booker played in six TGA events in 2014, earning 1,950 points for his second Senior Player of the Year Award. Booker won this award in 2012 and is the first senior to win twice. The Woodlands native teamed with 2013 Senior Player of the Year Mike Peck when the two won the Senior Division of the State Four-Ball at Deerwood Club in Houston.
Booker tied for second at the South Senior Amateur, which is one of four regional events the TGA conducts in the south, and tied for sixth at the State Senior Amateur at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. Booker also earned points from playing in the Mid-Amateur Championship, the Texas Amateur and the Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship, which he won in 2013.
John Dowdall – South Regional Player of the Year
John Dowdall had two top-3 finishes in three South Regional Events this season, teaming up with Randy Lance to win the South Four-ball Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club and finishing third at the South Amateur Championship at Comanche Trace in Kerrville. Dowdall, who is a native of Fulshear, was one of three players to finish below par in the South Amateur Championship after three rounds.
Along with his three South Regional events, Dowdall earned points from his tie for 11th in the West Texas Amateur at Wichita Falls Country Club. He is the first two-time South Regional Player of the Year, winning this award for the first time in 2012.
Clarke Kincaid – North Regional Player of the Year
Trophy Club’s Clarke Kincaid finished in the top-10 of all three regional events he played in this season, with a tie for third in the North Amateur at Watters Creek. Kincaid tied for seventh in the North Mid-Amateur at Prestonwood Country Club.
Along with his North Regional finishes, Kincaid tied for fifth in the West Texas Amateur, shooting a 66 in the second round at Wichita Falls Country Club.