Josh Irving takes home Texas G.A. Player-of-the-Year title
04 Nov 2015
by Texas Golf Association

see also: Josh Irving Rankings, Josh Irving Profile

Joshua Irving of Dallas (TGA photo)
Joshua Irving of Dallas (TGA photo)
DALLAS, Texas — The Texas Golf Association on Wednesday announced its annual Players of the Year awards, and Joshua Irving of Dallas made history as the first statewide Player of the Year to also win the award for his region in the same year.

The 29-year-old Irving compiled an impressive number of results this year, highlighted by a run into the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in October. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur and teamed with Michael Ray from Dallas to win the North Texas Four-Ball Championship in February at Tierra Verde Golf Course in Arlington. He also won the North Texas Amateur Championship in August at Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper. In addition, Irving finished third at the North Texas Mid-Amateur, tied for sixth at the West Texas Amateur, took eighth place at the Texas Mid- Amateur and scored a top-20 result with a T19 at the 106th Texas Amateur Championship.

In addition to winning the 2015 TGA Player of the Year award, Irving also won the North Texas Player of the Year honors. He’s the first to accomplish the feat in TGA history.

“Josh won a championship right out of the gate in February, and he maintained a stellar level of play throughout the year,” Ryan Finn, the TGA’s Managing Director of Championships. “There was never a lull. He was consistently outstanding all year.”

The Woodlands’ Mike Booker, 60, made some history of his own with another Texas Senior Player of the Year award. After winning the 78th Texas Senior Amateur at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio – site of the 107th Texas Amateur – and second-place finishes at the South Texas Senior Amateur and Texas Senior Four-Ball Amateur with partner Mike Peck from Irving, Booker collected his record third Senior Player of the Year award. He also earned the honor last year and in 2012.

“For being such a young senior, Mike is pretty decorated at the senior amateur level,” Finn said. “Anytime you win a championship on a challenging and historic course like Oak Hills, you know you’ve had a great year.”

Jay Reynolds of Austin rounds out the 2015 award winners. In his first year of playing in TGA Championships, the 33-year-old Reynolds won the South Texas Player of the Year award following his South Texas Mid-Amateur Championship in March at Lakecliff Country Club in Spicewood. Reynolds also recorded a top-five finish with a T5 at the South Texas Amateur Championship in August at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio.

The TGA sends its most sincere congratulations to the 2015 Players of the Year. With elite performances throughout the season, Irving, Booker and Reynolds epitomize what it means to be an amateur champion. For more information on the Player of the Year and the TGA competitive season, visit txga.org.
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