Arizona Golf Association Annual Awards
Player of the Year, Champion of Golf, Volunteer of the Year Award and more.
For the first time ever, the AGA conducted its annual meeting and awards virtually. Continue reading to see the honorees and their acceptances.
Mikayla Fitzpatrick //
Women’s Player of the Year
For the second year in a row, Phoenix-Xavier College Preparatory alum Mikayla Fitzpatrick is the AGA Women’s Player of the Year.
She won the AGA Women’s Match Play Championship at Desert Mountain, beating Madison Voissard in the final match, 4 & 3.
Fitzpatrick also finished runner-up in her first AGA Players Cup, and posted a third-place finish in the AGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course, firing a three-over-par score of 219 (72-74-73).
Bryan Hoops //
Men’s Player of the Year / Master’s Player of the Year
As well as winning the Masters Division Player of the Year, Bryan Hoops captured the 2020 AGA Men’s Player of the Year title. He played in eight events in 2020, with a win at the Mid-Amateur Championship and three top-four finishes overall helping him get off to a fast start.
Hoops was runner-up at Southern Amateur as well as runner-up at the season-ending Players Cup. He finished fourth at the Northern Amateur after firing a final round 64. Rounding out Bryan’s 2020 season was a tie for eighth at the Falcon Amateur and a T15 finish at the AGA Championship and AGA Four-Ball tournament, respectively. Hoops reached the Round of 64 at the 96th Arizona Amateur Championship, and was a participant on the Arizona vs. Utah Shootout team at the Wigwam Golf Club, where he won all three of his matches for Team Arizona and nine points.
Chris Kamin //
69.73 Stroke Average
This award honors the AGA member with the lowest weighted scoring average at the end of the year.
Robin Farran //
This award is given annually to a person who, “By his or her actions and accomplishments exemplify the Spirit of the Game.
Champion of Golf Award
Watch Now: Champion of Golf Segment featuring Greg Mast, Del Cochran and more.
The Champion of Golf Award is presented annually by the AGA to a person who has unselfishly created lasting benefit to the game of golf in Arizona. The late Mike Kennedy earned this honor for 2020. His son, Rusty Kennedy, has accepted the award on his behalf. Click to watch Rusty’s acceptance on behalf of his late father, Mike.
Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year
Jerry Glover //
This award honors an individual who most exemplifies volunteerism through his/her commitment of time and effort to the association. In 2010 this award was named after Robert Graves, a long-time AGA volunteer who exemplifies the selfless contributions of time and dedication to serving golf in Arizona.
Dorothy Pease Achievement Award
Sally Larson //
The Dorothy Pease Achievement Award is named for a woman who had a profound and lasting impact on women’s golf in Arizona. A leader in women’s golf for over 50 years, Dorothy founded the Arizona Junior Girls Championship and the Arizona Senior Women’s Championship, published a national women’s golf magazine and is credited with helping launch the women’s golf program at ASU.
Kim Eaton //
Women’s Senior Player of the Year
Kim Eaton has earned the AGA Women’s Senior Player of the Year for the eighth time in her illustrious career.
Her 2020 campaign included six events and two wins: the AGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship with Leigh Klasse and the Partners tournament with Judy Penman.
Eaton finished runner up twice in 2020, at the AGA Mid-Amateur Championship and the Women’s Senior Division of the Players Cup, and reached the semi-final round of the AGA Senior Women’s Match Play Championship
Rusty Brown //
Senior Player of the Year
The Senior Player of the Year for 2020 is Rusty Brown after dominating the Senior Division points list, posting six top-five finishes in nine events and winning the Senior Division of the AGA Championship.
His top-five finishes came at the Short Course and San Tan Amateur; and in the Senior Division of the Divisional Stroke Play (fifth), Southern Amateur (fourth) and Players Cup (third).
He also finished tied for 10th place in the Arizona Senior Open.
Murphy Mitchell //
Legends Player of the Year
The 2020 Legends Player of the Year is Murphy Mitchell, whose 2020 run included nine events, with seven top 10 finishes.
He won the Divisional Stroke Play at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course in a one-hole playoff and finished tied for first in the Legends Division of the Northern Amateur, falling in a playoff.
Mitchell was also runner-up in the Legends Division of the AGA Championship, and finished tied for third in the Legends Division at the Players Cup. He was also the medalist qualifier for the 2020 Divisional Match Play Championship in the Legends Division.