Men’s Player of the Year Awards
Player of the Year
Mason Anderson – Chandler, AZ
Mason Andersen had an outstanding 2017 season and captured his first AGA Player of the Year title. Never finishing outside the top-10 in any of his eight AGA Tournaments, Mason was part of the winning AZ Four-Ball team, was a semi-finalist at the AZ Amateur Championship and won the San Tan Amateur. He was part of the Morse Cup Team that represented the AGA at the Pacific Coast Amateur, held at Chambers Bay, in July. Mason’s season was highlighted by his first trip to play in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, missing the cut by only a single stroke. The freshman at ASU competed in four events during the fall season for the Devils, with his best finish tying for 6th at the Maui Jim Invitational, held at Desert Forest Golf Club.
- Winner – San Tan Amateur, Las Colinas Golf Club
- Winner – AZ Four-Ball, Golf Club of Estrella
- 2nd Place – Tempe Amateur, Ken McDonald Golf Course
- T3 – AGA Players Cup Championship, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
- T4 – AGA Championship, Randolph North Course
- Semi-Finalist – 93rd AZ Amateur Championship, Moon Valley Country Club
- Qualifier – U.S. Open Championship
Master Division Player of the Year
Jeff Benton – Litchfield Park , AZ
Jeff Benton edged out an extremely competitive Masters Division, winning Player of the Year honors by only 6 points! Jeff played well throughout 2017, but really stepped up his game in the second half of the season, winning the Northern Amateur, capturing a runner-up finish at the Southern Amateur, and finishing T4 at the AGA Players Cup Championship. Jeff also tied for 2nd place in the Masters Division at the Arizona Senior Stroke Play Championship. Jeff represented the AGA well during the annual Bob Gold-water Cup Matches, finishing 1-1 for the AGA Senior Team.
2017 Accomplishments (Masters Division)
- Winner – Northern Amateur, Oakcreek Country Club
- 2nd Place – Southern Amateur, Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club
- T2 – AZ Senior Stroke Play Championship, TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course
- T4 – AGA Players Cup Championship, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Senior Division Player of the Year
Rusty Brown dominated the Senior Division Players Cup Points, with top finishes at AGA Championships, sanctioned tournaments, and USGA Championships. Rusty won the 2017 AGA Players Cup Championship held at The Rim Club and finished runner-up in the AZ Senior Stroke Play Championship. He also had five more top-10 finishes in 2017. Rusty qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur, held at The Minikahda Club in Minnesota, losing in a playoff to make it to match play.
2017 Accomplishments (Senior Division)
- Winner – Senior Division: AGA Players Cup Championship, The Rim Club
- 2nd Place – AZ Senior Stroke Play Championship, TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course
- T5 – AGA Players Cup Championship, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
- 5th Place – Southern Amateur, Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club
- Qualifier – U.S. Senior Amateur Championship
Legends Division Player of the Year
Tim Blau had a fantastic 2017 campaign and rightfully earned his spot at the top of the Legends Division. Tim won three times on the AGA Tour, including the AGA Players Cup Championship twice (The Rim Club & Wickenburg Ranch). He also finished runner-up three times in the Legends Division; AZ Senior Stroke Play Championship, AZ Senior Match Play Championship and the Northern Amateur.
2017 Accomplishments(Legends Division)
- Winner – AGA Players Cup Championship, The Rim Club
- Winner – AGA Players Cup Championship, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
- Winner – Northern Amateur, Antelope Hills Golf CourseRunner-Up – Arizona Senior Match Play Championship, Trilogy Golf Club @ Power Ranch
- 2nd Place – Northern Amateur, Oakcreek Country Club
- T2 – Arizona Senior Stroke Play Championship, TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course
The Mayfair Trophy was created in 1988 to be awarded to the AGA Member with the lowest weighted tournament scoring average at the end of each year. To be eligible, a player must compete in at least one USGA qualifying round in Arizona and at least two AGA individual major championships; or, compete in at least one USGA qualifying round in Arizona, at least one AGA individual major championship and a collegiate championship in Arizona. All scores count towards the adjusted average.
Ken satisfied the eligibility requirements by posting 19 rounds from the following events: AGA Players Cup Championship (The Rim Club), Southwestern Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, Arizona Open, U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier, U.S. Open Qualifier, 93rd Arizona Amateur Championship (stroke play rounds), AZ Stroke Play Championship
Women’s Player of the Year Awards
Player of the Year
Thuhashini “Tui” Selvaratnam
Tui has been named the 2017 Arizona Women’s Golf Association Player of the Year for a record 13th time.
Since returning to Arizona, Tui has won 11 Arizona State Championships, including three Match Play Championships in 2005, 2008 and 2010, and was named the AWGA Player of the Year 11 consecutive times from 2001 to 2011.
Tui earned points for the 2017 season by finishing fifth in the AWGA Four-Ball Championship and finishing second in the AWGA Stroke Play Championship. As a seasoned veteran in USGA events, Tui earned points by qualifying and finishing third in the US Women’s 4-Ball Championship and for qualifying for the USGA Mid-Am. Tui capped off her 2017 season by finishing second in the Phoenix City Championship.
Senior Player of the Year
Kim has been named the 2017 Arizona Women’s Golf Association Senior Player of the Year for a record 8th time.
As a former police officer in Colorado, Kim earned two distinguished service awards as a member of the Evans Police Department. Kim was a former golf professional and Futures Tour member who played in the 1981 and 1983 U.S. Women’s Open and claimed her first national championship in 2010 at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur. In her home state of Colorado, she won at the Junior, Open and Senior levels and was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. Kim joins her uncle, Larry Eaton, who is also in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.
In March 2017, Kim participated as an amateur in the Legends Tour Walgreens Charity Classic at Grandview Golf Course in Sun City West, alongside a field of LPGA Tour players and Hall of Famers. She’s been an Arizona Women’s Golf Association Champion more than a dozen times.
Kim earned points for the 2017 season by winning the AWGA Senior Stroke Play Championship and finishing third in the US Senior Trans 4-Ball Championship. Additionally Kim qualified and reached the quarter final round of US Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.