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The Texas Golf Association is now in its 110th year as one of the oldest regional golf associations, and it has seen many golf Hall of Famers matriculate through its ranks.
But this year, Josh Irving of Mansfield did something that nobody has done in TGA history. The former standout at Stephen F. Austin became the first player to win the TGA’s coveted statewide Player of the Year award while also
winning the award for North Texas Player of the Year.
Mike Booker of The Woodlands won the TGA Senior Player of the Year, while Jay Reynolds of Austin won the TGA South Player of the Year award.
Irving, 29, compiled an impressive number of results this year, highlighted by a run into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He also qualified for the U.S. Amateur.
He started his epic run last February when he teamed with Michael Ray of Dallas to win the North Texas Four-Ball at Arlington’s Tierra Verde GC. He also won the North Texas Amateur in August at Gentle Creek CC in Prosper. He finished third in the North Texas Mid-Amateur, tied for sixth in the West Texas Amateur, eighth it the Texas Mid-Amateur and finished in the top 20 in the 106th Texas Amateur.
“Josh won a championship right out of the gate maintained a stellar level of play throughout the year,” said Ryan Finn, managing director of championships. “He was consistently outstanding all year.”
Booker, 60, made history of his own with his third Texas Senior Player of the Year award in four years.
He also earned the award in 2012 and 2014.
Booker won the 78th Texas Senior Amateur at Oak Hills CC in San Antonio —site of this summer’s 107th Texas Amateur—and finished second at the South Texas Senior Amateur and Texas Senior Four-Ball with partner Mike Peck.
“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.”
Reynolds, in his first year of TGA competition, won the South Texas Player of the Year award following his South Texas Mid-Amateur title in March at Lakecliff CC. He also finished T5 at the South Texas Amateur at La Cantera Resort.
Player of the Year points are awarded based on each player’s finishes in TGA and USGA events throughout the year.