The standings have been set for the inaugural amateurgolf.com Tournament Series Player-of-the-Year race, and with 335 points it’s Burlingame’s Randy Haag taking the title.
Haag’s year is more impressive considering he shrugged off back problems that nagged him throughout the year to win a pair of early tourneys, the Silicon Valley Amateur and the Wine Country Cup, then took a later-season event, the San Francisco County Amateur.
In all Haag, 48, entered eight amateurgolf.com events, winning three and placing in the top-5 in six.
He finished second to Casey Boyns in the Northern California Golf Association Player-of-the-Year race, while Boyns was the runner-up in the amateurgolf.com standings with 225 points after a win at the event he created, the Christmas Classic, and top-5 finishes in five of the six events he entered.
“That’s what amateur golf is all about, there’s no money involved, but there is still the competition, between Casey (Boyns) and I (for the NCGA POY) and at the Amateur,” said Haag. “It’s not like other sports where you’re passed your prime at 25 years old.”
In the senior division, Jay Guerin of Alameda finished with 105 points to edge Herb Jensen and Shelton Washburn who finished with 80.
Guerin, who retired in 2006 after 38 years as a teacher and golf coach in Newark, won the Christmas Classic and the Monterey County Four-Ball, and placed in the top-5 in all four events he entered.
As a coach at Newark and Newark Memorial High Schools, he won eight championships between 1976 and 2004 and was named the North Coast CIF Section Coach of the Year in 1987.
Guerin said his goal for the year was to make the NCGA Sr. Cup team and qualify for the USGA Sr. Amateur, both of which he accomplished. Winning the amateurgolf.com senior title was just the icing on the cake.
The net division crown goes to Vincent Steele of Concord, who was victorious in four events (California Mid-Am, Christmas Classic, Metropolitan Amateur and Diablo Valley Amateur) to finish with 170 points, 65 better than James Grensted of Belmont.
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