The December issue of the Heritage Classic Foundation Rankings is the final issue of the year and the source of awarding the season’s end South Carolina Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. The Heritage Classic Foundation Rankings are based on overall finishes in tournaments across South Carolina and nationwide. Points are compiled from over 200 events conducted over the past twelve months. The South Carolina Golf Junior Golf Association and the Heritage Classic Foundation are proud to announce Trent Phillips as the Jay Haas Player of the Year and Gracyn Burgess as the Beth Daniel Player of the Year.
Champions Tour Player Jay Haas has an award in his honor that dates back to 1996 when Gamecock standout and current PGA TOUR member Kyle Thompson captured back-to-back awards. History is being made this year as Trent Phillips will be the first male player to win the award an impressive three times. Phillips never left the top spot since winning the prestigious honor last year. Capping off his final year as a junior player, Phillips captured victories at the SCJGA Players Championship, Beth Daniel Junior Azalea, the AJGA Haas Family Invitational, the SCGA Junior, and the Dustin Johnson World Junior. Phillips also represented Team USA at the inaugural Junior President’s Cup with fellow South Carolina junior player, Jacob Bridgeman. Phillips stayed in the national spotlight as he also qualified for the US Junior and advanced to the round of 16. Phillips will be honored by Jay Haas at the SCGA Golf Day on January 13 at Columbia Country Club.
LPGA Hall of Fame Member Beth Daniel has an award in her honor that recognizes the top female player for the SCJGA. Gracyn Burgess (Lexington) took the top honor in 2016 and never left the front runner position. Her dominant play all year put the award out of reach for the rest of the ladies field. Her victories include the George Holliday Junior, WSCGA Junior Girls, CGA Twin States, the CGA Vicki Desantis, the CGA Girls Championship, and six high school championships. Burgess will be honored by Beth Daniel at the Country Club of Charleston on December 22nd at 4:00 pm. All media, supporters of junior golf, and family members are welcome to attend.
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To showcase full results, both player’s profiles are available on the SCJGA website at www.scjga.com that will highlight their past year of competition.