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WSGA Names 2009 Players of the Year
The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) has announced its 2009 Player of the Year recipients. The winners include Derek Berg of Duvall, Wash., who received the Men's award; Pamela Burneski of Surrey, B.C., received the Women's award; Bob Burton of Everett, Wash., received the Senior Men's award; Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash., received the Senior Women's award; Zach Wanderscheid of Goldendale, Wash., received the Junior Boys' award; and Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., received her second consecutive Junior Girls' award.
It was a banner year for Berg, who finished runner-up at both the WSGA Men's Amateur and the PNGA Men's Mid-Amateur Championships. Berg also had impressive top-10 finishes in the Sahalee Players Championship and the Pacific Coast Amateur. He wrapped up his 2009 season with appearances in two USGA championships. He represented the WSGA at the USGA State Team Championship in St. Louis, Mo., leading the team to an eighth place finish, then finished tied for third in stroke-play qualifying in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Kiawah Island, S.C., making Round 32 in match play.
Burneski, now an 18-year-old freshman on the Indiana University golf team, was named the Women's Player of the Year for her remarkable accomplishments in WSGA Championships. Burneski won the 2009 WSGA Women's Amateur Champion by besting the field at Oakbrook G&CC in Lakewood, Wash., and also won the WSGA Best-Ball Championship with her partner at Bellingham G&CC in Bellingham, Wash. Her impressive 2009 also included a semifinal finish in the PNGA Women's Amateur and a trip to Round 64 of the Trans-National Amateur.
Burton's first year as a WSGA senior proved to be a great one for the amateur from Everett. Burton won the PNGA Master-40 Championship and finished runner-up in the Washington Senior Open. He also finished in the top 15 at the WSGA Men's Amateur and was among the top-five in the PNGA Senior Men's Amateur Championship.
Burkey made her mark on the 2009 season after finishing as the runner-up in the WSGA Senior Women's Amateur. Burkey was the PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur qualifying medalist and finished match play as a quarterfinalist. Burkey also won the PNGA Women's Senior Team Championship for the second year in a row with her partner.
Wanderscheid enjoyed a remarkable 2009 summer, starting his season with medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local qualifier held at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash. He had an impressive showing in the PNGA Men's Amateur, also held at the Home Course, making the Round of 32. He finished the season by winning the PNGA Junior Boys' Amateur at the University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow, Idaho.
Now a 16-year-old, Lee had another fantastic season and is deserving of her second consecutive WSGA Junior Girls' Player of the Year award. Lee made the Round of 16 at the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur and Round 32 in the U.S. Junior Girls' Championship. Her AJGA finishes were equally impressive, winning the Kathy Whitworth Invite, finishing second in the Junior at the Traditions, third in the Stockton Junior Classic, and eighth in the PING Invitational. Lee also had a seventh-place finish in the Junior PGA Championship.
The WSGA Championship Committee meets annually in early October to vote and select the Players of the Year for the WSGA in the above categories. The WSGA Performance Points list is used as the primary guide for the selection. Since the WSGA does not have a performance points list for juniors, the WSGA receives the nominations for selection from the Washington Junior Golf Association.
The WSGA annually conducts seven state championships and crowns 11 champions, including the WSGA Men's and Senior Men's Best-Ball, WSGA Women's Best-Ball, WSGA Men's Amateur, WSGA Women's and Senior Women's Amateur, WSGA Men's and Women's Member Club Team Championship, WSGA Senior and Super Senior Men's Amateur, WSGA Parent-Child Championship, and coming in 2010 the WSGA Men's and Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. For additional information, visit www.thewsga.org.