the 2023 golf week The senior amateur season is officially underway.
The search for Player of the Year honors began Monday at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Florida. But first, let’s take a moment to honor the four men who earned Player of the Year honors in 2022.
Senior Division Player of the Year rusty straw had a fantastic 2022. The Georgia native began his year with a win at Florida Senior Azalea in March. Picking up another win in the Senior Trans-Miss, Strawn defeated fellow Georgian Doug Hanzel in the US Senior Amateur.
Not over yet, Strawn followed up the big USGA win with a victory north of the border, winning the Canadian Senior Amateur a week later. Closing out his 2022 season with a winning captaincy in the golf week Senior Challenge CupStrawn ran away with Player of the Year in the senior division.
Super Senior Marc Fried, like Strawn, had a dominant 2022. Starting his season with three straight top-five finishes, Fried built momentum toward a winning effort at the US Super Senior National Championship. According to AmateurGolf.com, Fried’s worst finish of the year was T-18 in 17 starts. .
Pennsylvania native Don Donatoni nabbed Legend player of the year honors thanks in part to a win in the Super-Senior Amateur. Playing hard all year long in golf week events, the 74-year-old was able to secure the top spot by the end of the year.
After a season that included a win in the golf week Senior National Invitational, John Blank earned the honor of Super Legend player of the year.
With the four age division winners and Joe Pavoni, 2022 Yancey Ford Award Winnerall honored on Monday, the 2023 race for Player of the Year is officially underway.
Mike Finster leads the senior division through round 1. The Florida native posted the only under-par score of the day with a 1-under 71. Georgia’s Danny Nelson stalks two shots in 1-over while Rusty Strawn is in a two-under tie. tracks for third after posting an opening 74.
In the Super Senior division, Marcus Beck has a two shot lead at 3 over. A par 5 for nine was marred by a lone double bogey at the par 5 15th. Mike Poe and Steve Humphrey were paired at 77 to finish the second day behind Beck.
Arkansas’ Bev Hargraves impresses with a 4-of-76 start. With 36 holes to play, Hargreaves will have to be tired as Don Donatoni falls behind by just one shot.
In the 75+ age group, Gene Bingman has an early lead. The super legend shot an 8 of 80 to take a one shot lead over Gil Stenholm.
round two of the golf week The Senior Player of the Year Classic continues on Tuesday. For more information on how to play golf week events, Click here.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek