Golf Person of the Year Award
Golf Person of the Year Award 2019
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.
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.
In April of 2019, Kupcho made history as the first woman to win the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. Facing a two-shot deficit to Maria Fassi after 12 holes, Kupcho went 5-under on Augusta National’s final six holes—a feat last accomplished by Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters—to win the event by four strokes.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2018
The PGA Head Professional at the Golf Club at Bear Dance since 2003, Pfingston is chiefly responsible for the Larkspur course’s success in merchandising, Having three times won the Colorado PGA Section’s Public Merchandiser of the Year, Pfingston in 2017 achieved national recognition, winning the Merchandiser of the Year among PGA Professionals working at roughly 13,000 public courses in the United States.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2017
Westminster’s Jennifer Kupcho, currently a sophomore at Wake Forest University, continued to dominate the Colorado women’s golf scene by sweeping the CWGA Stroke Play and Match Play Championships, qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open, placing sixth in the NCAA championship as a freshman and winning two consecutive full-field tournaments—the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational and The Landfall Tradition—the following fall. Her 19-stroke margin of victory in this year’s CWGA Stroke Play was the largest margin of victory since the 21 strokes by which she won in 2015.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2016
Jim Hajek, the PGA head professional at Fossil Trace Golf Club.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2015
George Solich General Chairman of the 2014 BMW Championship, the FedExCup Playoff event at Cherry Hills that was named the PGA Tour Tournament of the Year and that raised a record $3.5 million for the Evans Caddie Scholarship.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2014
Doug Rohrbaugh, the PGA head professional at Ironbridge Country Club had a wonderful year in 2013.
He won the Health One Senior Open, Colorado PGA Championship, placed 2nd in the Championship, qualified for the Senior Open for the second consecutive year, finished 3rd in the Health One Colorado Open,
and was in the finals for the Champions Tour Qualifying.
Golf Person of the Year Award 2013
John Ogden, Head Professional at Cherry Hills Country Club and Recipient of the 2013 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Golf Person of the Year Award
Golf Person of the Year Award 2012
Dave Brown, Golf Superindent at Flat Irons Golf Club and Recipient of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Golf Person of the Year Award
Golf Person of the Year Award 2011
Anne Finke, Teaching professional at the Country Club of Colorado was awarded the 2010 National Junior Golf Leader Award presented by the PGA of America. She became the first female and the thirteenth overall Colorado Section member to win a national award in 50 year
Golf Person of the Year Award 2010
Sammie Chergo established the University of Denver Women's Golf program into a national power. The Pioneers finished 5th in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, besting thier 5th place finish in 2008.