For Immediate Release:
Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is pleased to announce the 2020 Golf NB Players of the Year. The Player of the Year (POY) is a ranking system that awards points to players based on tournament results throughout the golfing year. It is designed to promote golf development through competition and celebrate the individual achievements of golfers in New Brunswick.
2020 proved to be a successful campaign and once again a year filled with silverware for The Riverside’s Alex Palmer. An impressive stretch of play over three days at the NB Men’s Amateur Championship saw Palmer capture his second provincial amateur title. Palmer would rattle off a top 5 finish at the Mactaquac Invitational prior to securing his second victory of the year at the Fredericton Open where he would come out victorious to claim his second TaylorMade NB Men’s Player of the Year crown.
Building off of his impressive 2019 season and the Taylormade NB Men’s Player of the Year crown, Country Meadows’ Stu Musgrave participated in all five of Golf NB’s Player of the Year events and finished the season 8.0 points back of champion, Alex Palmer.
In third position is Darren Roach of The Riverside Country Club. Roach would record a second-place finish at the NB Men’s Amateur Championship to amass a season total of points 56.0. For more information on the TaylorMade NB Men’s Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE
A familiar name sits atop the 2020 Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year standings as Maureen O’Donnell of the Fredericton Golf Club compiled 106.0 points on route to her first Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year Championship. O’Donnell finished the 2020 season with two victories and 5 top-10 finishes as she competed in a full eight-event schedule, 2.5 points clear of Paula Napke-Flanagan of the Miramichi Golf & Country Club. Napke-Flanagan locked down second position thanks to her successful run of play which included, 6 top 10 finishes. In third position is Country Meadows’ Sandy Comeau. Comeau would finish with 99.5 Ladies POY points after competing in all eight events. For more information on the Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE
A top-five machine in 2020, West Hills’ Dan Coulombe would finish inside the top-five finish in each of the five MCT Insurance Senior Men’s Player of the Year events in which he competed. A second-place finish at the NB Senior Men’s Championship in July and a victory at the Fredericton Open would vault him into the lead entering the final weeks of the season. His total of 168.0 Senior Player of the Year points would see him edge out fellow clubmate, Bob Brown who recorded 154.5 points. Brown, who finished 4th at the NB Senior Men’s Championships, would also claim a victory at the Hampton Senior Invitational along with five top 5 finishes and three top 10’s to lock down the second position in the season-long series. In third position is 2019 NB Super-Senior Champion, Sonny Phillips of the Fredericton Golf Club. Phillips would secure POY Points in 11 of the season’s 16 events on his way to 153.9 points. For more information on the MCT Insurance NB Senior Men’s Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE
Royal Oaks’ Mackenzie Deveau had a triumphant 2020 season as she successfully cruised to her first Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year crown. Deveau proved to be a big game performer carding two victories at the MJT Series at Royal Oaks and the 2020 MJT Humber College PGM Atlantic Championships at Fox Harbour in addition to consecutive top-five finishes at the NB Junior Girls Championship and MJT Series at Ken Wo. A season-high 93.9 points secured a comfortable 54 point victory in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge.
Finishing behind Deveau in the points race is clubmate, Stéphanie Roy who’s victory in the NB Junior Girls Juvenile division saw her finish the season 39.9 points.
Rounding out the top-3 in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge would be The Riverside’s Addison McClune. An impressive run of play throughout the 2020 season would see McClune finish with 33.0 points, 6.9 points behind Roy as she recorded a victory in the 2020 NB Junior Girls Bantam Division. For more information on the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE
For a player who has become synonymous with junior golf in New Brunswick, 2020 was no different for Daniel Kirby of JH Sports, and the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club as the Woodstock native would go on to win his third consecutive Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Player of the Year title.
Kirby would finish the 2020 Junior POY season with three victories and one top 10 finish, which included his impressive win at the 2020 NB Junior Boys Under-19 Championships at Royal Oaks. A successful 2020 campaign saw Kirby finish with 139.0 points, 27.0 points better than Felix Boucher of Fox Creek.
Boucher who has had a consistent presence on the Junior POY leaderboard over the years edged out clubmate Julien Babineau by 10.0 points to secure second place in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Player of the Year Challenge.
For more information on the Dormie Workshopolf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE