FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California – On January 21st, 2017, over 250 friends, family and junior athletes arrived at Mile Square Golf Course to attend the annual SCPGA Junior Tour Banquet of Champions, honoring the outstanding accomplishments from the 2016 season.
Special guests in attendance were SCPGA Board Members, Tony Letendre, PGA & Michael Holyk, PGA. The Junior Tour rules committee; Ron O’Connor, PGA, Gary Albin, John Cochran, Frank Dessel, Kieth Renking & Carol Stewart. Along with the Junior Golf Advisory Committee; Tom Seargent, PGA, Nikki Gatch, PGA & David Emerick, PGA.
Find the evenings award winners listed below;
Junior Hall of Fame Members have contributed to the growth of junior golf within the SoCal region, in addition to achieving both personal and professional success. The SCPGA inducts individuals who reinforce the values and morals embodied by the PGA of America. Salas will be included among Sou thern California golf greats such as, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Billy Casper, Bill Bryant, Amy Alcott & many more.
Bill Bryant founded the Junior Golf Association of Southern California along with Ralph Miller in 1948 and served as the Association’s President until 1983. The Bill Bryant Award was created after his passing to recognize individuals who have shown distinguished service and support to the SCPGA Junior Tour. AWARD ACCEPTED on behalf of Mr. Knabe by: Jorge badel, PGA.
In 1984, the Club Award was created to acknowledge and thank clubs/organizations who have demonstrated outstanding support of junior golf and the SCPGA Junior Tour. AWARD ACCEPTED By: Hee Won Lim & Dave youpa, PGA – Pacific Palms Resort
Beginning in 1999, the SCPGA Foundation has annually recognized a junior golfer who exemplifies outstanding character, sportsmanship, and leadership. The recipient of this award has demonstrated a positive influence on their fellow SCPGA Junior Tour Members and has set a notable example for all others to emulate.
This award was estabished in 1989, after Lou Bastanchury for his dedication to junior golf. The award is given to the boy who earned the most combined Player of the Year Points throughout the year.
Ruaysungnoen 2016 Highlights: Competed in 60 events with a scoring average of 75.5 along with 16 first place finishes and accumulated 2,387.59 points in 2016.
The Amy Alcott Award is given to the girl who earned the most combined Player of the Year Points throughout the year. During Alcott’s 27-year career she won 32 professional tournaments worldwide including five major championships. Alcott is a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
Villegas 2016 Highlights: Competed in 34 events with a scoring average of 74.4 along with 12 first place & 12 runner-up finishes.
The TTC Player of the Year is awarded to the boy and girl with the most player of the year points at the end of the season.
Seeber 2016 Highlights: 2,246.66 points (320.95 average) Four wins in seven events;Two runner up, and one 3rd place finish
Avery 2016 Highlights: 3,129.83 points *SCPGA record for girls; 16 top ten finishes
The Howard Smith Award is presented to the boy and girl Junior Golfers who retain the lowest scoring average within the TTC series with a minimum of (4) events played.
Seeber Scoring Average: 69.19 *Lowest average on record, since ‘05
Sukaree Scoring Average: 71.3
The Ralph Miller Award is presented to the boy and girl members of the program who earned the most points in recognized events.–
Reiter 2016 Highlights: 1st place finish at AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior Championship, Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship, and Toyota Tour Cup Championship.
Navarrosa 2016 Highlights: 1st place finish at 2016 TTC at La Costa Resort, Mar
The player receiving the most number of votes from the All Southern California Junior Teams ballot becomes the Curtis Cup Player of the Year.
Abdulghany 2016 Highights: Finished 1st at Toyota Tour Cup Carlton Oaks, AJGA Junior at Carlton Oaks, & the Corey Pavin Invitational. 2nd place finish at Junior PGA Championship. AJGA Rolex 1st Team All American.
Seeber 2016 Highlights: 22 rounds under par in 2016. 1st place finish at AJGA Junior All Star Invitational. AJGA Rolex All American Honorable Mention