For the second year consecutive year, Sam Midgal is the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year.Midgal, of Ballwin, was among those the MAGA honored as its 2017 Players of the Year recently at Old Warson Country Club.
Migdal continued his 2016 season by starting 2017 with a victory in the 2017 Old Warson Cup in May. His hot start to the season continued at U.S. Open Qualifying where he advanced through to Sectionals. He finished runner-up at the Missouri State Amateur, vying for back-to-back titles.
Migdal qualified for his second United States Golf Association (USGA) championship in July at Spencer T. Olin in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier.
His 2017 campaign continued with the title in the Missouri Stroke Play Championship. The last event to earn points was the Metropolitan Amateur Championship where he survived the cut to wrap up the 2017 Player of the Year title.Jeff Johnson earned his fourth Senior Player of the Year Award. He previously earned the award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Johnson’s strong play began at the Normandie Amateur where he was second low senior. Johnson tied for low senior at the East Side Amateur and would make match play at the Missouri State Amateur. He was one of three seniors to survive the cut at the Metropolitan Amateur Championship and finish tied for 13th place at the Metropolitan Senior. A ninth-place finish in the St. Louis District Golf Association’s Senior Championship set him up to make a run at the Senior Player of the Year title going into the Missouri Senior Championship. A tie-for-fourth finish on his home course Bogey Hills Country Club in the MGA Senior would lock up the 2017 Senior Player of the Year race.
St. Albans’ Kathy Glennon is the Women’s Player of the Year. Glennon has had a great couple years on the golf course having won the MWGA Senior Player of the Year in 2016. This season, Glennon captured the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Mid-Amateur title, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and was chosen to represent Missouri on the USGA Women’s State Team Championship. Glennon tied for 18th n the MWGA Amateur Championship at Algonquin and, after leading Round 1 of the Metropolitan Women’s, finished tied for fourh for the Championship. Glennon would complete her summer by winning the St. Louis Women’s District Invitational title.The MAGA’s highest honor in 2017 went to Bob Phillips. Phillips received the Meritorious Service Award for his 24-plus years of service and commitment to MAGA and amateur golf in this region. Phillips began his volunteer career with MAGA when, as Norwood Hills President, sought a USGA championship for club. He went to Tom O’Toole, Jr. and put into motion to secure the 2001 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He is most well known for his position at the First Tee as a starter for a majority of these years.