|Four OGA competitors have earned 2017 PNGA Player of the Year honors for their respective division, announced Monday by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).|
Cole Madey (West Linn, Ore.), Gigi Stoll (Tigard, Ore.), Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.), and Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) all won the distinction after stellar years in local, regional, and national events.
Madey earned the 2017 PNGA Men’s Player of the Year. A junior at UCLA, Madey won this year’s Oregon Amateur Championship in June, held at his home course, The Oregon Golf Club, in West Linn. Madey was the No.1 seed in match play, earning stroke play medalist honors during the first portion of the week. Nationally, Madey advanced to the round of 32 at the 2017 U.S. Amateur, while making it to match play at this year’s PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship.
Stoll, a junior at the University of Arizona, is this year’s PNGA Women’s Player of the Year – her third, after earning the honor in 2014 and 2015. Stoll won her third Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship this summer, playing in her fifth-consecutive championship match. She advanced to the round of 16 at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur, also making it to the quarterfinals at this year’s PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
Jacobs earns her third-consecutive PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year Honors. Her 2017 included a runner-up finish to Stoll at the Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship. Jacobs earned third place finishes at both the 2017 Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur and OGA Tournament of Champions, while advancing to the semifinals of the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Jacobs will compete this month at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, where she advanced to the quarterfinals in 2016.
Tennant is this year’s PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year after a memorable season. After winning the 2017 Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, she also went on to win the Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and finished third in the Oregon Women’s Stroke Play. Tennant’s most impressive feat, however, was earning co-medalist honors and the No. 1 seed at the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at her home course, Waverley Country Club.
The other players awarded 2017 PNGA Player of the Year honors are: Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake, Idaho), Men’s Mid-Amateur; Tom Brandes (Bellevue, Wash.), Senior Men’s; Joe Highsmith (Lakewood, Wash.), Junior Boys’, and Susan Xiao (Surrey, B.C., Canada), Junior Girls’.
*report and images courtesy OGA