Golf Person of the Year
For the second time in three years, Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster left no doubt as to who should be the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame’s Golf Person of the Year Award.
Last May, shortly after turning 21, the then-Wake Forest junior avenged a heartbreaking defeat in the 2017 Women’s NCAA Division I Championship to become the first Colorado resident to win that title. She went on to represent the United States on three winning teams in prestigious international competitions—the Curtis Cup, Arnold Palmer Cup and the World Amateur Team Championship.
Exempted into the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic in July, the amateur finished 16th, and in August, she won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top women’s player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings as of the conclusion the U.S. Women's Amateur.
She finished second out of 102 players in the eight-round final stage of LPGA Q-School, 27 shots clear of the cut line to qualify for LPGA Tour membership. She’ll defer joining the tour until after she graduates college this spring.
Distinguished Service Award
Fred Dickman and Barry Kendall
Director of Maintenance Fred Dickman from The Broadmoor Golf Club and Course Superintendent Barry Kendall from Green Valley Ranch Golf Club overcame major weather-related obstacles so that big-time championships could be conducted with as little disruption as possible.
Less than two weeks before the 2018 U.S. Senior Open was scheduled to take place at The Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs, a major hailstorm shelled the area. But thanks to tireless work by Dickman and East Course Superintendent Michael Sartori and his staff, the seniors played a flawless layout as The Broadmoor celebrated its 100th anniversary.
At Green Valley Ranch on the eastern edge of Denver, heavy rain, hail and winds estimated at 60 mph swamped the course the day and night before the scheduled first round of the CoBank Colorado Open. For 11 straight hours, Kendall and his crew pumped water off the course and from the bunkers.
Although Wednesday’s pro-am and Thursday's opening round were canceled, abbreviating the tournament to 54 holes for the first time in 37 years, the condition of the course generated unanimous praise from the competitors in the field.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc and Lynn Cramer
Since purchasing the Denver Golf Expo from PGA professional Stan Fenn in 2000, Mark and Lynn Cramer have transformed it from a quiet trade show into the annual kickoff to the Colorado golf season, drawing more than 10,000 attendees and 120 vendors each February to the Denver Mart.
The Cramers support Colorado’s major golf organizations —the Colorado Golf Association, Colorado PGA, Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and the Colorado Open Golf Foundation—and in return these organizations support the Expo. At every Expo, the Cramers deliver interactive youth-golf activities, seminars, contests, prizes, giveaways, lessons, bargains and opportunities to try out the latest clubs.
Driven by their vision, passion and love for golf, the husband-wife team have created an annual celebration in the dead of winter that reminds us golf season is just around the corner.