TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2008) -- The Florida State Golf Association has announced the 2008 Players-of-the-Year for their outstanding play this season. David Johnson earned the Amateur Player-of-the-Year, Rick Woulfe secured the Senior Player-of-the-Year and Ernesto Marin was awarded the Junior Player-of-the-Year. These fine competitors will be recognized at the FSGA Annual Dinner in November.
David Johnson, 21, of Palm Bay, earned Player-of-the-Year honors with 1440 overall points. A member of University of Central Florida men’s golf team, David Johnson put his college golf experience to work to take home top honors at the FSGA’s Amateur Match Play Championship. In the final match he defeated Carlos Velez, of Miami, 2 & 1 for the victory. Johnson also tied for third place in the 2008 State Amateur.
Rick Woulfe, 58, of Fort Lauderdale, wins his fourth straight Senior Player-of-the-Year award in 2008. Woulfe finished tied for second at the Mid-Senior Championship, placed second at the Mid-Senior Four-Ball, tied for fourth at the Senior Four-Ball Championship and the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, advanced to the semifinal round of the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, and placed seventh in the Senior Amateur Championship. Rick Woulfe also participated in his 10th Southeastern Challenge Match. Woulfe earned the Player-of-the-Year award in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and the Senior Player-of-the-Year in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Ernesto Marin, 18, from Miami, is the 2008 Junior Player-of-the-Year recipient. He followed his T-12th finish at the State Boys Junior Championship with a 4 & 3 victory over Kevin Britton at the Junior Match Play Championship. Ernesto Marin also qualified for the U.S. Junior Championship, where he advanced to the quarterfinal round..
On Friday, November 21, the FSGA will hold the 2008 Annual Dinner at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville where the 2008 Players-of-the-Year will be recognized. In addition, the FSGA will honor the 2008 Champions, Volunteers-of-the-Year, FJT Points Champions and induct one individual into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame.