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Weir, Sharp GJAC's Canadian Players of the Year

The Golf Journalists Association of Canada, of which I’m a member, announced their players of the year as voted by their membership. Now this was in the Globe yesterday, a day ahead of when they sent out the news to the membership, so that’s kind of odd. What isn’t strange is that Mike Weir was male player of the year, while Alena Sharp, who didn’t exactly have a great year, was better than Lorie Kane, whose career appears to be at an end.

Anyway, here’s the release:

Weir, Sharp Headline Player of the Year Awards

Announcement of GJAC Awards highlights Canadian reception at PGA Merchandise Show

ORLANDO, FL (January 29, 2009)Rick Young, President of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) announced today the names of the 2008 Player of the Year Awards as selected by golf journalists from across Canada.

Speaking at a reception hosted by the Ontario PGA for Canadians attending this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Young congratulated all of the nominees and had special praise for the winners in each category.

“Each year it seems the talent pool grows in Canadian golf,” Mr. Young stated. “This year our nominees came from every part of the country and each of our nominated golfers had an outstanding year. It’s tough sometimes to select just one individual in each category when so many are deserving but I think the results as voted on by the golf journalists exemplifies an exceptional group of Canadian talent.”

Following are the winners of the 2008 GJAC Awards:

Male Professional of the Year: Mike Weir, Bright’s Grove, Ontario

While he didn’t record a victory in 2008, Weir acknowledged it was one of his steadiest ever as his game returned to the kind of consistency he has demonstrated throughout his career. Finishing 14th on the PGA Tour Money List and 21st in the World Rankings, Weir enjoyed eight Top 10 finishes including six in his last nine events to lead all Canadian professional golfers.

Female Professional of the Year: Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ontario

Sharp continues to improve her standing on the LPGA Tour each year and 2008 was no exception. Demonstrating a remarkable consistency, Alena made 20 of 27 cuts and improved her Money List standing to 69th to maintain her full exempt status on the Tour.

Female Amateur Golfer of the Year: Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie, Ontario

Amongst her many accomplishments in 2008, Sherlock won the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Winnipeg as an amateur. The 21-year old also finished second at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and managed a tie for fifth at the NCAA Division 1 finals. Stephanie was a member of Canada’s World Amateur team that finished fourth at the World Amateur Team Championships in Australia.

Male Amateur Golfer of the Year: Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC
Taylor challenged himself against the pros in 2008 making the field in the US and the Canadian Open where he made the cut and tied for 53rd. The 21-year old Team Canada member also earned individual runner-up honours at the NCAA Division 1 finals and the World Amateur Team Championships and finished 9th in the Canadian Amateur.

Female Junior Golfer of the Year: Sue Kim,

Sue Kim became the first amateur to win an event on the Canadian Women’s Tour in 2008 and then to prove it was no fluke she beat the pros again for a second victory. The distinction earned her the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award. The 17-year junior sensation also won the B.C. Junior Girls Championship and finished tied for fourth at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim also represented the nation as a member of Team Canada.

Male Junior Golfer of the Year: Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, BC

Wong, 18, captured the BC Men’s Amateur Championship and the BC Junior Boy’s Championship, while finishing second at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. He also won the Callaway Junior Golf Championships and at year’s end was named a member of Canada’s National Team.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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