The JGAA announced the 2019 Sportsmanship and Player of the Year Awards across five age divisions at the annual awards banquet held Oct. 20 at Papago Golf Course.
“The level of play and incredible performancesthroughout the season continue to amaze me,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “The season-long points race, and all of the tournamentsthat contribute to it, give players both long-term and shortterm goals to reach for. They complement each other. And what an incredible year for Preston Summerhays. To follow up back-to-back Utah Men’s State Amateur wins with a US Junior Amateur championship is simply incredible.”
In honor of Summerhays’ big win, the awards event took a special detour to recognize his incredible play back in July. With the victory, the recent verbal commit to Arizona State University became the third Arizona resident to win the tournament in recent years.
Charlie Beljan won in 2002 at Atlanta Athletic Club, and Philip Francis won in 2006 Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in California. Summerhays also is exempt to play in next year’s US Open.
In the Boys Championship division, Peoria resident and Sunrise Mountain senior Ben Lorenz earned first place in the season-long race for 2019 JGAA Player of the Year honors.
He climbed up the rankings quickly since entering the Boys Championship division in 2016 when he finished T127 for the season. Lorenz committed to play for the University of Oklahoma, joining his older brother, Blake.