WOODBURN, ORE. – Five players representing the Oregon Golf Association earned 2016 Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Player of the Year honors, the PNGA recently announced.
Five of the eight PNGA yearly awards were given to OGA members. The following OGA competitors earned PNGA Player of the Year in their respective division:
Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) – PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year
Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) – PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year
Anita Wicks (Roseburg, Ore.) – PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year
Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Wash.) – PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year
Ellie Slama (Salem, Ore.) – PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year
Jacobs had a phenomenal year locally and nationally. She won the Inaugural Oregon Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with teammate Gretchen Johnson in August, and won the 2016 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship earlier in the summer. At this year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, Jacobs advanced to the quarterfinals. She also earned a top-5 finish at the 2016 Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur.
O’Donnell continued to be a force regionally among senior competitors. He won both the 2016 Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play and the Oregon Senior Amateur Championships, his seventh and fifth titles in those events, respectively. He finished second individually in the Oregon Men’s Team Championship, also earning a third place finish at this year’s OGA Tournament of Champions in the Senior Division. O’Donnell advanced to match play at the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
Wicks had arguably her most successful year in the OGA and PNGA region. She won her first Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur, and followed it up with a win in the 2016 PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur a week later. Wicks was also a part of the winning PNGA Cup team from Oregon this spring.
Tibbits swept the two biggest Oregon Junior Golf events of the 2016 season – winning both the Oregon Junior Amateur and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play for the second consecutive year. Tibbits also was a member of the winning Oregon #1 team that was victorious at this year’s Hogan Cup Team Matches, held in August.
Slama followed up a stellar 2015 with an impressive 2016 – including winning the Pacific Northwest’s biggest junior girls’ event, the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship. She earned runner-up at both the Oregon Junior Amateur and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play, also representing Oregon at this year’s Girls’ Junior Americas Cup.
The PNGA Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the various state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee and members of the Northwest Golf Media Association. The Mid-Amateur category was created in 2012. The awards are officially presented at the PNGA Annual Meeting in the spring.