Players of the Year



The Georgia State Golf Association selects annual Players of the Year in the following categories: Men, Women, Junior, Girls, Senior Men, Super Senior Men and Senior Women. Players of the Year are determined by a point system based on participation and finish in GSGA and USGA events throughout the year.

The Georgia State Golf Association's Tommy Barnes Award signifies the GSGA's overall player of the year. It was established in 1998 and named after legendary amateur Tommy Barnes of Atlanta. Among his many accomplishments, Barnes won the 1941 Georgia Amateur Championship and qualified for 16 consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships. The Tommy Barnes Award winner is selected each year by the GSGA's Championship Committee.

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

GSGA Tommy Barnes Award

Bob Royak of Alpharetta captured the most recent GSGA Tommy Barnes Award in 2019. The Georgia State Golf Association's Tommy Barnes Award signifies the GSGA's overall player of the year. It was established in 1998 and named after legendary amateur Tommy Barnes of Atlanta. The 2021 winner will be announced in February 2022.

PAST WINNERS

GSGA Men's Player of the Year

Bob Royak of Alpharetta won the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship for the first time to capture the Dick Franklin Trophy and was a semi-finalist at the Georgia Match Play Championship. This marks his first Men's Player of the Year. Royak is a two-time Tommy Barnes Award winner (2018-2019) and four-time GSGA Senior Player of the Year (2017-2019, 2021).

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GSGA Women's Player of the Year

Jenny Bae of Lawrenceville had a stellar year, which included capturing the 92nd Georgia Women's Amateur Championship, to win her first GSGA Player of the Year honor. Bae also took home the Georgia Women's Open and advanced to the Rd. of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

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GSGA Junior Boys' Player of the Year

Harris Barth of Atlanta will always be remembered as the winner of the historic 100th Georgia Amateur Championship at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta. He became the first high schooler to take home the Robert H. Martin Trophy since Colin Bowles of Albany in 2016. This is Barth's first GSGA Player of the Year honor.

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GSGA Junior Girls' Player of the Year

Thienna Huynh of Lilburn began the year on a strong note advancing to the Rd. of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship and followed it up with a tie for second at the Georgia Girls' Championship and a top-six at the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship to take home her first GSGA Player of the Year honor.

2021 POINTS TABLE

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GSGA Senior Men's Player of the Year

Bob Royak of Alpharetta put together another strong campaign to win his fourth-straight GSGA Senior Men's Player of the Year award. Royak won the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship, helped his team take home the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship, advanced to match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and finished top-15 at the Georgia Senior Championship.

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GSGA Senior Women's Player of the Year

Laura Coble of Augusta captured her third GSGA Senior Women's Player of the Year honor (2016-2017) thanks to a stellar 2021 season where she won the Georgia Senior Women's Championship, made the cut at the U.S. Senior Women's Open and advanced to match play at both the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championships. She is also a two-time Tommy Barnes Award winner (2005, 2009).

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GSGA Super Senior Men's Player of the Year

John Foster of Woodstock was always near the top of the leaderboard in 2021 to win his first GSGA Super Senior Player of the Year. Foster captured the Georgia Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, finished runner-up in the Georgia Super Senior Championship, notched a tie for sixth in the Georgia Senior Championship and was a semifinalist at the Georgia Super Senior Match Play Championship.

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The Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) is the governing body of golf in Georgia and serves as an Allied Golf Association to the United States Golf Association (USGA). Membership in the GSGA is open to all golfers, facilities and golf clubs throughout the state. Golfers that join the GSGA have access to invaluable resources that allow them to advance their knowledge of the game and numerous opportunities to play in both competitive and fun, casual events. By becoming a member of the GSGA, you will be joining a community that includes more than 350 clubs and 80,000 golfers who all have one thing in common: a passion for the game of golf.